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More than one in four sandwich carers report symptoms of mental ill-health

Sandwich carers – those who care for both sick, disabled or older relatives and dependent children – are more likely to report symptoms of mental ill-health, feel less satisfied with life, and struggle financially compared with the general population.

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 18:02

Discussion Paper 10 Rural Carers in Ireland: Challenges and Opportunities

Traditionally, the majority of the population of Ireland have lived in rural areas outside of large towns and cities. However, this has changed over time, and in 2016 just over 37% of the population lived in an ‘aggregate rural area’ – which is an area of less than 1,500 inhabitants. The percentage of family carers living in these same rural aggregate areas is higher, at almost 42%.

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 14:00

Research on Family Caregiving Support in the United States: A Strategic Plan

Research on Family Caregiving Support in the United States: A Strategic Research Plan is the product of an iterative, multi-layered process involving multiple stakeholders including family caregivers, persons with disabilities, health and social welfare professionals, policymakers, and researchers. Divided into four parts, this document outlines the next steps in researching family support by reviewing the current state of the field and identifying future directions.  

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 10:58

Global state of care

A landmark report on global carer priorities, featuring policies and programs that safeguard carers’ health and well-being, minimize financial stress, facilitate access to information, create flexible workplaces and support evidence-informed decision-making.

A profile of nine countries including the exciting developments and innovative practices addressing six fundamental issues:
  • Legislation

  • Financial support

  • Working arrangments

  • Pension credits

  • Respite care

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 14:20

Interventions to Support Carers of People with Dementia

This review considers what works to support carers of older people with dementia to prevent or delay entry into residential aged care. It identified 44 interventions (most from overseas) that supported carers of people with dementia, of which 26 were from studies assessed as high quality and so were the focus of the analysis.

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 19:09

Exemplar models and support for older carers and carers of people with dementia: informing commissioning

This is the report of a project commissioned by NHS England in support of its Commitment to Carers programme. The focus of the work was to scope exemplar models of support for older carers, and carers of people with dementia (of any age). The project reviewed existing literature and knowledge and used this as the foundation for examining developments with invited third sector organisations using an on-line questionnaire and additional semi-structured interviews.

Sun, 10/28/2018 - 18:43

Discussion Paper 8: Difficult Relationships and Family Caring

This is the eighth paper in the Care Alliance Ireland Discussion Paper series. The papers in this series are not intended to present a definitive account of a particular topic, but to introduce a less-discussed, sensitive or perhaps controversial topic for discussion within the wider community of practitioners, policy makers, researchers and other interested parties. This often takes the form of a literature review (where possible), along with a discussion of views which have been shared with a member of the Care Alliance team either by our member organisations or Family Carers themselves.

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 11:21

Discussion Paper 7: Romancing the Carer - Intimate Relationships and Family Caring

This is the seventh paper in the Care Alliance Ireland Discussion Paper Series. The papers in this series are not intended to present a definitive account of a particular topic, but to introduce a less-discussed, sensitive or perhaps controversial topic for discussion  within the wider community of academics, not-for-profit organisations and other interested parties. 

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 10:59

Discussion Paper 6: Disability and Family Carer Policy - Challenges and Responses

A working definition of ‘disability’ is crucial to any research, policy development or service provision in the field. There are many definitions of disability (Iezzoni & Freedman, 2008), some directly contradicting others. These differences originate from the different theoretical viewpoints which have been and are still being used to articulate what ‘disability’ is.

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 10:28

Discussion Paper 9: Family caring and minority populations

The aim of this series is to introduce a topic for thought and debate within the Family Caring sector. In particular, the series focuses on emerging, under-discussed, and perhaps difficult issues, as a way to stimulate debate.

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 10:04

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