A survey conducted for a charity has found that many carers in Wales have reached breaking point due to stress. The survey also said that some three-quarters of the estimated 340,000 carers in the country have reached saturation point and are suffering breakdowns.
Some carers have even attempted suicide. Overall 1,941 carers took part in this survey, which is a part of the Carers' Week supported by Carers UK, Macmillan Cancer Support to the Parkinson's Disease Society.
Some 68% of those surveyed have not had a break in well over a year, while 39% revealed they were fed up with all the red tape associated with caring.
A case in point is the dilemma faced by Philip and Julie Telfer, of Torfaen. The couple cares for their son, who suffers from autism and epilepsy.
"Having to constantly battle with health and social services to get services in place for our son has been horrendous," said Mr Telfer. "It has been a long arduous and extremely emotional journey that has distressed us, causes us depression, stress and anxiety and has left us physically and mentally drained."
Some of the respondents said that the Carers Allowance of Ģ53.10 per week was too little and believed more money could make a difference.