With the discussions on the EU work-life balance directive as a backdrop (including negotiations on a European carers’ leave), the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth hosted an EU peer review on reconciliation of work and long-term care. COFACE Families Europe took part, bringing the voice of family carers to the discussions by presenting the results of its study “Who Cares?”
The Peer Review built on experiences in Germany so far, as well as on experiences and outcomes from other European countries, namely the Czech Republic, Estonia, Ireland, France, Malta, Portugal, Romania and Slovenia, on the development and assessment of support measures for informal carers.
In Europe, the bulk of long-term care services is provided by informal carers, often unpaid family members or friends, supporting people of all ages with a wide range of needs arising from disability, illness or other life situations.
This Peer Review discussed how informal carers can be better supported to reconcile work and care obligations. This covered the level of eligibility, length and compensation of leave arrangements. Furthermore, it discussed flexible working options, including job-sharing, flexi-time and tele-working. In addition, an investment into new forms of care and the use of technology might support the work-life balance of informal carers.
The reports and papers of the review can be found here: