The Importance and Challenges of Caregiving in an Aging Society



Purpose – The article presents the results of research on working time arrangements available and support offered to caregivers by employers and community organizations.

Design/methodology/approach – Both a quantitative and qualitative approach has been employed.

Findings – There are limited working time arrangements offered to caregivers, but community support that could help caregivers is not well known or used by them.

Research limitations/implications – The research on community organizations highlights the fact that these should try to make their support services better known. And a ‘right to request’ flexible working arrangements could also be useful.

Originality/value – The paper focuses on the problems of employed caregivers, which are found in most aging societies nowadays, including the EU.

Paper type – Qualitative and analytical paper.

Keywords – Caregiving, Aging, Caregivers, Carers, Women’s work, Domestic work, Working time arrangements, Flexible work, Right to Request.

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