What are the issues at stake?
In Europe, 80% of all care is provided by informal carers – i.e. people who provide unpaid care to someone with a chronic illness, disability or other long-lasting health or care need, outside of a professional or formal framework. The contribution of these carers constitutes a great resource for Greek society but their role is not always recognised. Delivering a wide range of support services such as personal care, housekeeping, transportation, care and financial management as well as emotional support, carers often offer the most comprehensive and desirable option for people in need of care.
Caring for a loved one can be a source of great personal satisfaction but it does create its own set of challenges. These can include physical and mental health problems, a feeling of isolation, difficulty in balancing paid work with care responsibilities, perhaps even financial worries as social provisions are cut back. Advances in medicine also mean that carers find themselves having to deliver more and more sophisticated levels of care, with very little training and minimal support.
Supporting informal carers in Greece, irrespective of their age or the particular health need of the person they are caring for.
Documenting and raising awareness about the significant contribution made by carers to the Greek health and social care system and the economy as a whole, and of the need to safeguard this contribution;
Ensuring that national policies take account of carers, i.e. promote their social inclusion, the development of support services, enable them to remain active in paid employment and maintain a social life.
View the EPIONI Statutes
View the EPIONI Structure
View the EPIONI Board of Directors
View the Eurocarers document containing the rationale and framework for an EU-level initiative on carers
View the Eurocarers document regarding the European Pillar on social rights and Carers
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