Working Carers in the European Union

Sarah Harper

in Families in Ageing Societies

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780199251162
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602740 | DOI:
 Working Carers in the European Union

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This chapter examines the situation of caregivers in the European Union who combine eldercare with employment, and EU policy responses. Among the unique aspects of eldercare are: more men and older workers are involved in eldercare, most working carers live away from the older person, care needs are unpredictable, and carers may feel that they have little choice about their responsibilities. The lack of attention given to working carers in debates on employment, social protection, equal opportunities, and reconciliation of work and family life is emphasised.

Keywords: elder care; working carers; European Union; employment policy; family policy

Chapter.  9450 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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