Source: Help Wanted? Providing and Paying for Long-Term Care, OECD 2011, Chapter 1, P.44.
European countries have implemented a number of policies that both directly and indirectly target informal caregivers. Despite these efforts, some carers still struggle to combine work and care, suggesting that there is improvement to be made that would help ease the pressure placed on caregivers. Through research and pilot initiatives, several countries are already testing ways to help caregivers shoulder the burden of caregiving.
Norway is just one example. The “We Care!” study underway seeks to investigate how excessive care burdens may impact an employee’s work situation. The goal is to map out what measures employers can implement to ensure that caregivers stay at work and achieve a better work-life balance, especially considering that 30% of study respondents report that their care responsibilities make them unfocused at work.
Study findings indicated that the most important measures for employees include flexible hours, compensatory time off, paid leave, part-time work, working from home, adjustments to workload and alternative work tasks, and the ability to swap shifts and travel less for work.
EU Whitepaper: Roadmap for Sustainable Health
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Help Wanted? Providing and Paying for Long-Term Care © OECD 2011 Ch.4, p. 121.
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