“Life as a ‘sandwich carer’ is demanding”
“Demanding and isolating” is how one carer from Birmingham has described his role.
Sadiq Muraj, from Birmingham, who looks after his wife and elderly father, lost his job in 2014 and has been their full-time carer since then.
The 58-year-old said: “It was during my search for more employment that my wife was diagnosed with cancer. My father’s health was also declining, so it became clear that I was needed at home. At the time it wasn’t a hard decision to make, but it did mean a huge life change for us all.
Someone who looks after two people in a caring role is sometimes referred to as a ‘sandwich carer’. It is thought there are about 1.3 million people in the UK who have the dual responsibility of caring for sick, disabled or elderly relatives, as well as their own children.