By Claire Cameron

Care paintings in Europe offers a cross-national and cross-sectoral examine of care paintings in Europe at the present time, protecting coverage, provision and perform, in addition to exploring how care paintings is conceptualized and understood. Drawing on a examine which seems at care paintings around the lifestyles path in a few ecu international locations, this ebook:

  • explores the context and rising coverage agendas
  • provides an research of ways diversified nations and sectors comprehend and constitution care paintings
  • examines key matters, comparable to the extraordinary gendering of the group, expanding difficulties of recruitment and turnover, what types of wisdom and schooling the paintings calls for and what stipulations are had to make sure quality employment
  • considers attainable destiny instructions, together with the choice of a customary specialist employee, trained to paintings around the lifestyles direction and even if ‘care’ will, or may still, stay a special box of coverage and employment.

This groundbreaking comparative learn provokes much-needed new puzzling over the present state of affairs and destiny course of care paintings, a space necessary to the social and financial future health of Europe.

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Changes here are occurring for demographic and economic reasons outlined in Chapter 1: increasing family breakdown, smaller family size, increased geographical mobility and changing patterns of female employment. As an OECD report suggests, ‘the availability of informal care is reduced by modern living choices, more independent life styles and participation by women in paid work’ (Jacobzone et al. 1998: 17). The issue may not just be one of availability, but also willingness, especially among older women who today are more likely to have or want other possibilities in their lives.

The project, therefore, developed a three-tier typology (high, medium, low tier) based mainly on level of initial education, to apply some structure to this complex and varied workforce. An important qualification needs to be added here. Our typology refers to levels of initial education that workers in occupations should have. But in practice, in some cases at least, many workers may not have attained these levels. The level of qualification in the actual workforce can, therefore, be overstated.

In any case, formal and informal care are not mutually exclusive; they are not necessarily engaged in a ‘zero-sum’ game, with a change in one form of care always producing an equal and opposite change in the other. An increase in care services does not inevitably lead to less family involvement. It may enable care recipients to exercise more choice and differentiation in who provides what types of care; they may well see formal and informal care as best suited to different kinds of tasks, preferring care workers for some things, and relatives and friends for The care workforce 29 others.

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