A typology of caregiving situations and service use in family carers of older people in six European countries: The EUROFAMCARE study

Mirko Di Rosa, Christopher Kofahl, Kevin McKee, Barbara Bień, Giovanni Lamura, Costis Prouskas, Hanneli Döhner, Eva Mnich

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Abstract

This paper presents the EUROFAMCARE study findings, examining a typology of care situations for family carers of older people, and the interplay of carers with social and health services. Despite the complexity of family caregiving situations across Europe, our analyses determined the existence of seven "caregiving situations," varying on a range of critical indicators. Our study also describes the availability and use of different support services for carers and care receivers, and carers' preferences for the characteristics of support services. Our findings have relevance for policy initiatives in Europe, where limited resources need to be more equitably distributed and services should be targeted to caregiving situations reflecting the greatest need, and organized to reflect the preferences of family carers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-18
Number of pages14
JournalGeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2011

Keywords

  • caregiving situations
  • European comparison
  • family carers
  • service use
  • support services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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