New research reveals 75% of people believe those working in care don’t receive the status or praise they are due. The YouGov research, commissioned by Anchor, the not-for-profit housing and care provider, comes as the charity urges a change in attitudes towards carers, as they look to fill more than 2000 job vacancies in England in the next 12 months.
As people live longer and require more support to live life to the full in older age, care providers warn that a shortfall in carers is expected to reach 718,000 by 2025 according to last year’s Future Care Workforce Report by the International Longevity Centre UK and Anchor.
Anchor urged people to challenge the negative perceptions of a career in care by finding out about the range of opportunities available in the sector as care homes threw open their doors for Care Home Open Day.
With thousands of new jobs on offer, Jane Ashcroft, ceo of Anchor believes it’s time to challenge out-dated attitudes towards care workers.
“Perceptions about what a career in care entails are out of date and it’s time that changes,” she said. “The breadth of different roles in care is huge; it’s time to throw the stereotypes out. Care is a very rewarding job where you can make a hugely positive impact on the lives of older people, and develop a long term career.
“The overwhelming majority of carers are hard-working, skilled, and committed. At a time when more and more of us will need support in later life, we should celebrate that.”