Health and well-being of family carers in Ireland: results of a survey of recipients of the carer’s allowance

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/140571
Title:
Health and well-being of family carers in Ireland: results of a survey of recipients of the carer’s allowance
Authors:
O'Sullivan, Liam
Affiliation:
Care Alliance Ireland
Publisher:
Care Alliance Ireland
Issue Date:
Nov-2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/140571
Item Type:
Report
Language:
en
Description:
Family carers play a vital role in the community, which often goes unrecognised and inadequately supported. This research explores family carers’ health and well-being and the factors that appear to influence them. A random sample of 2,834 family carers in receipt of a state carer payment was sent a self-completion questionnaire. This group of family carers, by virtue of the eligibility criteria for receipt of this state payment, may be considered to be full-time carers with low to moderate income. It was found in comparison to the general population that those family carers who responded were less likely to report themselves in excellent or very good health. No significant difference was found between the general population and carers in terms of satisfaction with health, but carers did present a considerably less positive picture of quality of life in comparison to the general population. Carers also reported comparatively high levels of depression, back pain and anxiety. Negative aspects associated with family caring identified in this report included restricted leisure hours and a high risk of being exposed to stress, emotional strain and social isolation. The extent of limitation posed by caring on leisure/recreation appears to be a key factor both in likelihood of health suffering due to caring and in likelihood of low quality of life for carers.
Keywords:
CARERS; SOCIOECONOMIC DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH; INCOME; FAMILY
Series/Report no.:
RESEARCH WORKING PAPER 2008/11
ISBN:
978-1-905485-72-7
Sponsors:
Funded by Anglo Irish Bank and part-funded by the Combat Poverty Agency under its Poverty Research Initiative. The views, opinions, findings, conclusions and/or recommendations expressed here are strictly those of the author(s). They do not necessarily reflect the views of the Combat Poverty Agency, which takes no responsibility for any errors or omissions in, or for the accuracy of, the information contained in this Working Paper. It is presented to inform and stimulate wider debate among the policy community and among academics and practitioners in the field.

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dc.contributor.authorO'Sullivan, Liamen
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-24T10:29:54Z-
dc.date.available2011-08-24T10:29:54Z-
dc.date.issued2008-11-
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-905485-72-7-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/140571-
dc.descriptionFamily carers play a vital role in the community, which often goes unrecognised and inadequately supported. This research explores family carers’ health and well-being and the factors that appear to influence them. A random sample of 2,834 family carers in receipt of a state carer payment was sent a self-completion questionnaire. This group of family carers, by virtue of the eligibility criteria for receipt of this state payment, may be considered to be full-time carers with low to moderate income. It was found in comparison to the general population that those family carers who responded were less likely to report themselves in excellent or very good health. No significant difference was found between the general population and carers in terms of satisfaction with health, but carers did present a considerably less positive picture of quality of life in comparison to the general population. Carers also reported comparatively high levels of depression, back pain and anxiety. Negative aspects associated with family caring identified in this report included restricted leisure hours and a high risk of being exposed to stress, emotional strain and social isolation. The extent of limitation posed by caring on leisure/recreation appears to be a key factor both in likelihood of health suffering due to caring and in likelihood of low quality of life for carers.en
dc.description.sponsorshipFunded by Anglo Irish Bank and part-funded by the Combat Poverty Agency under its Poverty Research Initiative. The views, opinions, findings, conclusions and/or recommendations expressed here are strictly those of the author(s). They do not necessarily reflect the views of the Combat Poverty Agency, which takes no responsibility for any errors or omissions in, or for the accuracy of, the information contained in this Working Paper. It is presented to inform and stimulate wider debate among the policy community and among academics and practitioners in the field.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherCare Alliance Irelanden
dc.relation.ispartofseriesRESEARCH WORKING PAPER 2008/11en
dc.subjectCARERSen
dc.subjectSOCIOECONOMIC DETERMINANTS OF HEALTHen
dc.subjectINCOMEen
dc.subjectFAMILYen
dc.titleHealth and well-being of family carers in Ireland: results of a survey of recipients of the carer’s allowanceen
dc.typeReporten
dc.contributor.departmentCare Alliance Irelanden
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