OVERALL, Carlovians appear to be a healthy lot, with 86% of the county’s population stating that their health was either ‘very good’ or ‘good’, according to figures released this week from Census 2016.
In April 2016, the majority of those living in Carlow stated that their health was either ‘very good’ (33,050 people, 58.1%) or ‘good’ (16,128 people, 28.3%), compared with 58.2% (‘very good’) and 29.0% (‘good’) in 2011.
The 1.6% (936 people) living in Carlow who stated that their health was ‘bad/very bad’ was the same percentage as at national level, an increase of 69 people (8%) on 2011.
In 2011, there were 7,482 people in the county with at least one disability, which comprised 13.7% of Carlow’s population. In Census 2016, the 8,237 people with at least one disability made up 14.5% of the county’s population, compared with 13.5% at national level. Of these, 4,143 (50.3%) were male and 4,094 (49.7%) were female.
In Carlow, 3,910 people indicated that they had ‘a difficulty with pain, breathing or any other chronic illness or condition’, while 622 indicated they had blindness or a serious visual impairment and 1,261 had deafness or a serious hearing impairment.
The 2,268 people who stated that they ‘provided regular unpaid personal help for a friend or family member with a long-term illness, health problem or disability’ made up 4% of the county’s population in April 2016. This was an increase of 112 people (5.2%) on 2011.
Of the carers in the county, 1,404 were female (61.9%) and 864 were male (38.1%). There were 47 carers under 15, compared with 48 in 2011. Carers provided 83,712 hours of care each week, an average of 43.2 hours per carer per week.
The total amount of weekly care hours was an increase of 14,531 hours (21%) on 2011. Not all carers indicated the number of care hours provided; hence, the weekly and hourly figures quoted only relate to those who did so.