Informal care in the Province of Groningen
Informal care in the Province of Groningen - survey results
iAge partner CMO Groningen did a survey in the province Groningen regarding informal care and voluntary work. In the Netherlands many people are informal carers. Informal care is the care provided to loved ones with health problems, a disease, or limitation. There is always a personal relationship between the care provider and the care receiver: partner, parent(s) (in-law), (grand) child, family member, friend or neighbour. In the coming years the government will ask people to dedicate themselves even more to provide care for their loved ones.
There is an increasing demand for informal care. What can people do themselves? What can their networks do for them? However, there are limits to the dedication of informal care givers and volunteers. Where do those limits lie? When is it a matter of asking or asking too much? What kind of support is needed? These are the questions that will come up for discussion in the first research of the Groningen Panel. In the report, the theme informal care is specifically discussed in details.
Conclusions One out of five residents in our Province has provided informal care in the past year. Well over half of these informal carers provides long-lasting and intensive informal care (in the past year longer than 3 months and more than 8 hours a week). The average age of informal carers has considerably increased the past 10 years. Informal care is especially provided because people feel responsible and obligated because of the personal relationship. The information shows that providing informal care especially comes at the cost of the leisure time one has; in short, less time remains to relax. It matters a lot whether they can share the care with others; if there are other informal carers or professionals that can provide care, they feel less burdened and can let go easier of the situation of the person whom they provide care to. Informal carers are in general positive about the cooperation with others.