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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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Working carers of older people: steps towards securing adequate support in Australia and England?

Working carers of older people: steps towards securing adequate support in Australia and England?

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(p.70) (p.71) Four Working carers of older people: steps towards securing adequate support in Australia and England?
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Combining paid work and family care
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Sue Yeandle

Bettina Cass

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306818.003.0004

This chapter explores the characteristics, activities and living arrangements of carers of older people in Australia and England, paying particular attention to those who are of working age. It notes the importance of trends towards living alone and independently among older people in both countries and the implications of these for their children of working age when care needs arise. The chapter presents data from censuses and surveys in each country which have collected data about people of working age who provide regular care to their older relatives. The data highlight the nature of the care given and of the tasks involved, the impact caring has on adult children’s participation in paid work, and the challenges and difficulties many carers face in reconciling work and care, an issue of particular importance for women, although growing numbers of men are also affected. Some of the difficulties carers face have been partially addressed in both countries through a range of new policies laws and strategic public policy commitments to extend and enhance support for carers, often under pressure from or influenced by the associations of carers which exist in both countries.

Keywords:   Carers, Older people, Work-care reconciliation, Independent living, Working carers, Australia, England

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