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Care Allowances for the Frail Elderly and Their Impact on Women Care-Givers


  • J. Jenson
  • Stéphane Jacobzone


This report discusses the impact of care allowances on women care-givers. These programmes, involving some payment for care in informal care settings, have recently been introduced in several OECD Member countries. While their primary goal has been to help older persons in need of care, their consequences for the persons providing care also deserve to be analysed. The bulk of informal care is provided by women care-givers. In this respect, long-term care systems involve a partnership between formal care systems, the state, and the family, in order to provide a continuum of care. This also renders the analysis very complex. The main objective of the paper is to answer the question: what is the impact for women care-givers of various models of care allowances for the frail elderly?These care allowances have been primarily instituted to address the needs of older persons for care, as well as to offer some compensation for caring responsibilities. Apart from these initial goals ... Ce rapport discute de l'impact pour les aidants informels féminins des allocations de soins. Ces programmes qui impliquent des formes de paiement pour les soins dans un contexte de soins informels, ont été récemment introduits dans plusieurs Pays Membres de l'OCDE. Tandis que leur but principal a été d'aider des personnes âgées ayant besoin de soins, leurs conséquences pour les personnes procurant les soins méritent aussi d'être analysées. L'essentiel des soins informels est procuré par des aidants féminins. Dans cette mesure, les systèmes de soins dépendance impliquent des partenariats entre les systèmes de soins formels, l'État et la famille, afin d'offrir un continuum de soins. Ceci rend aussi l'analyse très complexe. L'objectif principal de cette étude est de répondre à la question: quel est l'impact pour les aidants féminins de divers modèles d'allocation de soins pour les personnes âgées dépendantes?Ces allocations de soins compensatrices ont été principalement mises en ...

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  • J. Jenson & Stéphane Jacobzone, 2000. "Care Allowances for the Frail Elderly and Their Impact on Women Care-Givers," OECD Labour Market and Social Policy Occasional Papers 41, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaaa:41-en

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