Source: Help Wanted? Providing and Paying for Long-Term Care, OECD 2011, Chapter 1, P.44.
Formal labour force participation is often at stake when it comes to caregivers. Providing personal care for a loved one can be a demanding task that is incompatible with a full-time job or any type of paid employment. Indeed, OECD research demonstrates that carers are less likely to be employed. Those who are employed work fewer hours and are more likely to hold a part-time job. 50% are more likely than non-carers to be homemakers. For instance, 29% of carers in Austria, 29% of carers in Italy, 48% of carers in the Netherlands and 25% of carers in France work part time versus 21%, 25% 38% and 22% of non-carers respectively.
In order to curb the trend, available jobs must be flexible enough in terms of working hours or leave options to accommodate the responsibilities carers face. Particularly when caring duties might be unpredictable in terms of intensity, which can lead to absences from work.
Help Wanted? Providing and Paying for Long-Term Care © OECD 2011 Ch.3, pp. 90-97
Spotlight on Prevention: When, Who and How?
Unhealthy lifestyles and lack of physical activity are key factors in the development of chronic diseases. Early prevention and diagnosis, better education, and above all collaboration among governments, patient organizations, and industry are crucial to prevent chronic diseases from arising.