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Paid work and informal care

Quality of life and use of support at work

Summary - Paid work and informal care
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Author(s)
Alice de Boer Inger Plaisier Mirjam de Klerk
Publication date
13 February 2019
Number of pages
8
ISBN/ISSN/other
978 90 377 0904 9
Series
Publication
Number
2019-1
Publisher
SCP

Original title: Werk en mantelzorg

Many working people in the Netherlands also provide help to a sick household member, a relative or a friend, also called informal care. This report describes how people combine paid work with providing informal care, and for whom they do that. In many cases the combination works well, partly because people carry out work and care tasks on different days. Sometimes, combining work and informal care is associated with a lower quality of life. This is the case, for example, for workers who are providing intensive help or who feel obliged to help because no one else is available. Discussing their informal care tasks with their supervisor and arranging flexible working hours can improve the quality of life of these working informal carers.

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