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Long-Term Care Reforms in OECD Countries$
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Cristiano Gori, Jose-Luis Fernandez, and Raphael Wittenberg

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305057

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305057.001.0001

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Policies to support informal care

Policies to support informal care

Chapter:
(p.219) Ten Policies to support informal care
Source:
Long-Term Care Reforms in OECD Countries
Author(s):

Ulrike Schneider

Gerdt Sundström

Lennarth Johannson

María A. Tortosa

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447305057.003.0010

Informal care is a significant source of support for dependent adults. Therefore, policies need to address its potential benefits and costs to care recipients, family carers and society at large. In this context, the purpose of this chapter is threefold: to classify policies supporting informal care and to introduce their major building blocks; to illustrate changes in policy logics and instruments over time and to review the empirical research on the success of specific approaches. Over the past 15 years European care regimes, including policies to support informal care, seem to have moved closer together. Several countries now apply dual approaches. Evidence on the effectiveness of support measures is still scarce. Caregiver education and respite care appear effective. The impact of support measures varies by intervention characteristics and subgroups of carers. Studies point to a gap between the support desired by informal carers and what is being offered to them. Support should be tailored to the specific needs of subgroups of carers and guided by systematic evaluation.

Keywords:   informal care, family care, carer, carer support, care regimes, long term care policy, co producer, co client, cost effectiveness

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