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A Study on Supports for Work-Family Balance of Caregivers of the Elderly

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1신라대학교

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ABSTRACT

Issues related to paid work and care are of global importance, reflecting the double pressures of population aging and efforts to increase labour market participation of women and older population. The study examines elder care issues of employed caregivers in order to assist work-family balance through the whole family life cycle, criticizing current work-family balance policies focused on child care and long-term care policies centered around care recipients rather than caregivers. Most of all, present elder care policies have a lot of limits such as low level of financial payments and insufficient supports for employment of caregivers. Employed caregivers of older people experience tensions between work and care making work related adjustments in spite of economic and social disadvantages. For resolving the problems of employed family caregivers of the elderly, several suggestions are made as follows: addressing caregiver needs by offering choice and control over the caring responsibility, implementing work-family balance policies on a family life cycle base, and establishing diverse ways of support for family caregivers including social security credits, cash benefits, respite service, family leaves, and facility and in home services.

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