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Support needs of informal caregivers in the municipality of Hellendoorn

Nijhuis, B.A. (2018) Support needs of informal caregivers in the municipality of Hellendoorn.

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Abstract:The percentage of informal caregivers in the Netherlands has risen in the last years, which is mainly caused by long-term care (LTC) reforms. These reforms were necessary because of the rise in healthcare expenditures and they resulted in new laws, which led to new principles. The main principle entails that professional care is only provided when the demand for care reaches beyond the possibilities of the persons’ own network, thus it strongly leans on the abilities of informal caregivers. Providing informal care has become a cornerstone of the Dutch healthcare system, but it may be a substantial burden for the informal caregivers. In the next decades the demand for informal care will rise, but the number of informal caregivers will approximately stay the same. It is very likely that this will lead to a substantial increase of burden on informal caregivers. Given these trends, it is relevant to look into the possibilities of supporting informal caregivers, to prevent them from becoming overburdened. This research is done on behalf of the municipality of Hellendoorn and aims to investigate how the municipality can organize the support of informal caregivers in an effective way.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Municipality of Hellendoorn
Faculty:TNW: Science and Technology
Subject:01 general works, 70 social sciences in general
Programme:Health Sciences MSc (66851)
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