Four in five professional care workers (82%) have said the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their mental health.
Research undertaken by leading professional services health and hygiene company, ESSITY, found over three quarters (76%) of carers expected the pandemic would to have a long lasting negative impact on their mental health.
In further findings, 95% of carers said they were now working longer hours due to a combination of factors, including facilitating video calls with families (42%), staff shortages due to quarantining or sick colleagues (38%), taking regular COVID tests (40%) and changing PPE more frequently (24%).
ESSITY, which undertook the research to understand the impact of COVID-19 on professional care services and to identify what needs to be actioned to help carers in the workplace, said access to new technology can help streamline workloads and reduce stress for key workers.
Research shows nearly two-fifths (37%) of carers would like governments and private companies to invest in technology to better support them in their role, while 52% want more training to help them feel better supported.
By Axel Nordberg, Essity Global Brand Director, (pictured) added: “Our research has uncovered heart-breaking issues that carers face day-to-day as they continue to work through the pandemic. Supporting mental and physical wellbeing should be at the core of what we do in the care home industry.
“At ESSITY, we pledge to help alleviate some of the day-to-day stress and support carer’s physical and mental wellbeing through the continued development of digital health technologies needed to support them in their role.”