Violet Day, 67, cares for her husband, George, 69, who had a stroke seven years ago.
Hours: 24 a day.
Support: None from social services: "I don't ask." Regular help with shopping, trips out and jobs around the house from two daughters, one son and a brother.
Income: His disability benefits: about £153 weekly. Her retirement pension: £22.85 weekly. No carer's allowance - she is over retirement age.
Extra costs: Hard to quantify. Heating about £150 a quarter, cab fares £6 a week.
The job: "He is paralysed down one side and has poor vision in his left eye. I have to do almost everything for him - washing him, helping him dress, cutting up his food, getting him in the shower. He's 6ft 2in and about 11 stone - I'm 5ft 1in. He can't even make a cup of tea.
"He gets restless at night, so I don't get a lot of sleep. I have to be there all the time. He can't be left alone in case of a fall."
Pros: "I want to care, I wouldn't want it any other way. He'd do it for me if it was the other way round. I'm lucky I've still got him - lucky he survived."
Cons: "We are restricted. We don't have a car any more. We can't just go away for the weekend. I never go shopping.
"We were both looking forward to retirement, but it's changed all that."Reuse content