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ERIC Number: EJ784161
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0714-9808
To Pay or Not to Pay: Examining Underlying Principles in the Debate on Financial Support for Family Caregivers
Keefe, Janice
Canadian Journal on Aging, v26 suppl_1 p77-89 Jan 2007
In many countries one approach to supporting family-and-friend caregivers is direct financial or monetary support. Debates about the benefits and consequences of such policies pervade the literature. Building on the premise that values underlie public policy, the paper examines four policy paradoxes in the literature and uses selected examples from an international policy analysis to illustrate the underlying objectives and values upon which many of the policies were developed. These include the responsibility to care, economic or social objectives, gender equity, and the autonomy of care receivers. The authors conclude that policy makers need to be cautious about the unintended effects of financial support policy and develop a menu of policies and services to support caregivers. Future policy development in Canada must enable legitimate choice across the life course and ensure that neither the caregiver nor the care receiver will experience short- or long-term financial consequences of his or her choice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada