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Family rediscovered? Working carers of older people in Finland and Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2013 (English)In: Combining paid work and family care: Policies and experiences ininternational perspective / [ed] Teppo Kroger and Sue Yeandle, Bristol: Policy Press, 2013Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The chapter addresses the characteristics and situations of working carers of older people in Finland and Sweden.  It draws together knowledge on employment legislation, public policy and payments to working carers with studies on family care of older people. The central questions addressed are: Who are the carers? What kind of support is available for them? Are their working lives affected by caring responsibilities? And how do they perceive their everyday lives?  The chapter shows that in both countries, family carers, the majority of whom are working women, have a major role in older people’s care. It argues that restructuring older people’s public care services has implicitly increased the expectation that family members will provide care, and notes that, while in the 2000s family care and working carers of older people have risen up the political agenda, legislation and practical actions to support them are still largely absent.

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Bristol: Policy Press, 2013.
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-96708DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306818.003.0003ISBN: 9781447306818OAI: diva2:667190
Available from: 2013-11-25 Created: 2013-11-25 Last updated: 2013-11-26Bibliographically approved

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