A landmark report on global carer priorities, featuring policies and programs that safeguard carers’ health and well-being, minimize financial stress, facilitate access to information, create flexible workplaces and support evidence-informed decision-making.
A profile of nine countries including the exciting developments and innovative practices addressing six fundamental issues:
Information & training
The Law on the Adaptation of Society to Aging (loi relative à l’adaptation de la société au vieillissement) defines an unpaid carer.
Unpaid carers are formally recognized in Australia. Basic work entitlements are protected by Australia’s Fair Work Act (2009).
No federal legislation formally recognizing unpaid carers. Caregiver Readiness campaign available through Canadian federal government website.
Unpaid carers are legally recognized. Long-term care insurance offers care courses for unpaid carers to learn practical skills.
Unpaid carers are not formally recognized in India. Respite care is short supply, inaccessible or unaffordable.
Unpaid carers are formally recognized in Italy through legislative measures aimed at recognizing their social and economic value.
Dependency Law defines unpaid carers as people of the family not linked to a professionalized attention service.
Unpaid carers are legally defined. Carers can request flexible working hours, time off and leave for care, but paid leave is not a guaranteed right.
Unpaid carers are formally recognized but not considered a protected class at the federal level. US lacks a national mandate on paid family leave.