The importance of male carers in the industry

According to Government statistics, just 16% of carers across the sector are male and with an ageing population and the numbers of people receiving care into their old age, this needs to change.

Many of the people receiving care into their old age are men and when it comes to personal care in particular, many men prefer this to be done by another male rather than a female.

The care industry has always been female dominated but we want to encourage men to break the stereotype that a position in care is more suited to women and join us and other care agencies.

Working in care is an extremely fulfilling job and men can really help make a difference in their community by caring for the elderly and people with dementia and other life-limiting illnesses.

By having male carers for male service users, we’re also helping to prevent many from being very lonely. Loneliness is a ‘silent epidemic’ among men in Britain, with more than one in three feeling lonely at least once a week according to the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. The survey found that 11% are lonely on a daily basis but around 10% say they prefer not to say so. Around 35% said being lonely made them feel depressed and almost 40% said they felt isolated. Thirty-five was the average age at which men felt the most lonely, with 9% saying they do not see anyone regularly.

If you think you can make a difference by providing care in your community, get in touch with us.