Home visits should be considered for older carers who struggle with their own health alongside looking after their loved one, a study suggests.
GPs should also carry out health checks and depression screening for carers aged over 60, the Princess Royal Trust for Carers said.
Carers should be given training and equipment for lifting, and should also have breaks paid for by the NHS and local authority, the trust said.
The calls came after a survey of 639 carers aged 60 to 94 by the trust found that 65% have health issues or a disability themselves, and only half feel confident they can lift the person they are looking after.
Nearly 70% of those surveyed said their role had damaged their health, with 49.2% saying they had noticed a deterioration in the last 12 months, while a third (34%) had put off medical treatment or surgery because of their commitments as a carer.
More than two-thirds (68.8%) said their mental well-being had suffered, with 42.9% saying their psychological health had got worse in the past year.