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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2009): Care of the elderly - overseas

The inter-relationship between formal and informal care: a study in France and Israel

H. Litwin and C. Attias-Donfut

Ageing and Society, vol. 29, 2009, p.71-91

This inquiry examines the inter-relationship between formal and informal care of older people in France and Israel. The analysis focuses on the care of older people in their own homes, and examines three main sources of care: informal carers within the household; informal carers outside the household; and formal carers. The analysis shows that complementarity is a common outcome of the co-existence of formal and informal care, and that mixed provision occurs more frequently in situations of greater need. It is also shown that spouse care-givers have less formal supports than either co-resident children or other family care-givers. Even so, spouses, children and other family care-givers all had considerable support from formal home care.

Managing public health care policy: who's being forgotten?

M. Brunton, C. Jordan and C. Fouche

Health Policy, vol.88, 2008, p. 348-358

As the baby boom generation ages, it is expected that numbers of people with Alzheimer's disease will rise. To a large extent, countries will rely on a shrinking pool of informal family carers to manage them at home. This article explores the lived experience of a sample of New Zealand caregivers providing informal care 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people with Alzheimer's disease. Results show that alongside negative effects on their mental health, work and financial status, caregivers experienced valued self-development and enhanced support networks. Results show that if New Zealand is to continue to rely on informal caregivers, they must be more strongly supported than at present. They need continuing, consistent access to help at home and regular respite care if they are to continue to sustain the heavy load they are carrying.

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