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The European voice for informal carers

Reconciling work and care: the need to support informal carers

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Population ageing and advances in medical sciences mean that more people are living longer with multiple conditions and complex health needs. This growing demand for long-term care puts pressure on informal carers who – through their activity – offset ever tighter public care budgets and services. Moreover, the EU objectives in the field of (female) employment, the push towards longer working lives and other socio-economic developments (smaller families, growing physical distances between relatives, shortages of care professionals) exacerbate the problem by forcing an increasing number of people to combine work and care responsibilities.

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Published in 2017

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