Care dependency policies in a European perspective – Selected Issues. Bratislava, December 3rd 2009. Manfred Huber, Ricardo Rodrigues, Frédérique Hoffmann, Katrin Gasior and Bernd Marin. Portrait of Informal Carers Challenges to avoid future Care Gaps
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Care dependency policies in a European perspective – Selected Issues
Bratislava, December 3rd 2009
Manfred Huber, Ricardo Rodrigues, Frédérique Hoffmann, Katrin Gasior and Bernd Marin
Portrait of Informal Carers
Challenges to avoid future Care Gaps
Further Research & Preliminary Conclusions
Portrait of Informal Carers
More than 80% of all care is provided by family carers
Relationship between the carer and the care recipient in percentage
Source: OECD (2005); National Sources for Israel and the Slovak Republic; EUROFAMCARE national reports (2004).
Family help as a percentage of help to people aged 75+ by country and domain, 2000/2001
Source: EUROFAMCARE and national sources.
Family carers by gender and country
Regardless of „care regimes“
Source: National sources, OECD (2005) and EUROFAMCARE national reports.
Percentage of the population aged 15+ providing informal care to a relative aged 60+ (1999)
Intimacy at a
distance in the North
Sharing roof and care in the South
Source: Own calculations based on Walker (1999).
Living arrangements for older people, by gender (based on 2001 Census data)
Older Northern Europeans likely to live alone…
Greece – Total 65+
Source: Karagiannaki (2005)
… unlike older Southern Europeans (albeit less and less so)
Source: UNDESA/Population Division (2005), Eurostat 2001 Census data.
Older people want to age in place but...
Question 7a: If your elderly parent lives alone and needs long-term care, what in your opinion would be the best option?
Source: Eurobarometer (2008), question: 7a.
EUROBAROMETER (2007):In your opinion, do dependent older people rely too much on their relatives?
Lack of care services…
Providing care to co-residents…
… explaining carers’ burden?
Source: EUROBAROMETER (2007)
Challenges to avoid future
Providing care for older family members by country and age group
Source: OECD (2005), EUROFAMCARE national reports.
Source: National sources, EUROFAMCARE national reports, Lamura et al. (2006).
What might carers look like in the future?
“Support ratio”: number of women aged 45-64 for each 80 year-old (2006 or 2005)
Average age of carers
Source: EUROFAMCARE national reports (2004).
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