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Combining paid work and family carePolicies and experiences in international perspective$
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Teppo Kroger and Sue Yeandle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306818

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306818.001.0001

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Family rediscovered? Working carers of older people in Finland and Sweden

Family rediscovered? Working carers of older people in Finland and Sweden

Chapter:
(p.52) (p.53) Three Family rediscovered? Working carers of older people in Finland and Sweden
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Combining paid work and family care
Author(s):

Outi Jolanki

Marta Szebehely

Kaisa Kauppinen

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306818.003.0003

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.

Keywords:   Working carers, Family care, Older people, Public care services, Restructuring, Employment legislation, Working life, Finland, Sweden

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