New research launched in Caring at a distance

The University of Hull has launched a research project called Providing Support and Care at a Distance, which aims to explore the experiences of people who provide help, care or support to an adult friend or relative living at a distance from them (defined for the purposes of the research as travelling for a minimum of one hour to visit the person you support). This is currently a little explored area within the UK but as we become an increasingly geographically mobile population, many parents, adult children, siblings, other relatives and friends may find themselves living at a distance from those they care for and about. We wish to explore the challenges of caring from a distance, as well as the things that support carers in this role.

We are keen to hear the experiences and perspectives of as many carers as possible. We are including both those who care for someone living in their own home, as well as people in residential and nursing homes, as we believe that individuals’ caring roles do not end if and when their friend/relative moves into a care setting. At the end of the research we will produce a summary report of the findings which we will share widely with organisations such as those supporting carers.

If you provide help, support or care to another adult (age 18 or over) who lives at a distance from you, you are invited to take part in this research. You can complete our confidential online questionnaire at For a paper copy of the questionnaire and an SAE; please contact Caroline White ( or 01482 463830). Our survey is anonymous. This means we cannot thank the people who take part in the study. Therefore we would like to extend our thanks in advance to all who take part. We know that carers lead busy lives and appreciate your support and participation.


Source: University of Hull