In the framework of the project “Socio-Economic deprivation related to the effect of the presence of Dependant older people: strategies for Innovative Policies in Europe” (SEreDIPE), framed in the Marie Curie grant, the study of selection and analysis of European practices of support to the long-term care system (Qualitative analysis) has been completed.
The study, which involved the selection of a total of 22 practices from 8 European countries (Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Finland, Romania and Poland), representing the four European welfare state models, explored those innovative aspects that aim to mitigate the socio-economic burden on families providing long-term care to dependent elderly people. The results show, on the one hand, that long-term care initiatives are recent, with the first major initiatives or transformations starting in the first decade of the 1990s, and, on the other hand, that there are many variations and differences between countries due to the influence that the different welfare regimes in place have had on the development of each country’s long-term care system.
It is concluded that existing initiatives are influenced by the traditional family-based view of long-term care, and thus fail to counteract the socio-economic consequences of long-term care for older people and their informal carers.
The results provide a general and up-to-date framework of the most innovative features of European policies in terms of long-term care. The results of this research, currently under review, are expected to be published soon in the journal “Sustainability” and in the special issue “Sustainability of Care for Older People in Ageing Societies”.