A significant body of previous research into informal caregiving has pointed to the intense emotional and physical burden for some caregivers. Research by the University of York Centre for Health Economics (CHE) investigated the subjective experience dementia care among female informal carers in a number of European countries and regions.
Complex statistical analysis features in this research paper, as tends to be the case with CHE reports. When exploring different aspects of satisfaction in unpaid dementia care and the various burdens this may impose on family members, it was found that the subjective impact and meaning of caring for older individuals with dementia does vary according to cultural context of care in different countries, ranging from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean areas.
The authors recommend that since informal caregiving for elderly relatives in Europe impacts on family carers’ quality of life in a non-uniform manner, depending on geographical location and specific social-cultural contexts, it is suitable that national / regional policies should also vary. The needs and levels of self-assessed health (SAH) in female informal carers depend upon the geographical area and socio-cultural context of the caregiving; accordingly there does not appear to be a fixed one-size-fits-all “best approach” to appreciating or addressing the issues.
Di Novi, C. Jacobs, R. [and] Migheli, M. (2013). The quality of life of female informal caregivers: from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean Sea. York: University of York; Centre for Health Economics, May 21st 2013. CHE Research Paper 84.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].