Valuing and Integrating Informal Care as a Core Component of Long-Term Care for Older People: A Comparison of Recent Developments in Italy and Spain

Georgia Casanova, Giovanni Lamura, Andrea Principi

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Abstract

The international long-term care (LTC) debate has recently been focusing on how to strengthen home care provision. In this regard, a major role has been played by informal care and how to best integrate it in a holistic care approach. Italy and Spain, usually labeled as “familialist” or “family-based” care models, have been promoting national reforms or actions to support the integration of “informal” actors into the overall LTC system. Through a comparative review of recent trends observed in the two care regimes, this article aims at contributing to improve our cross-national understanding of how LTC is changing across Europe, identifying the basic approaches adopted in Italy and Spain and highlighting both their strengths and drawbacks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-217
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Aging and Social Policy
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Informal care
  • Italy
  • long-term care
  • Spain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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