Table 3 Gender mainstreaming of the support plans for informal care in the UK and Andalusia: literal quotations∗
Plan for informal care in UKPlan for informal care in Andalusia
Symbolic level
“Social trends may affect the supply of care. Increased participation of women in the labour market might be thought to result in a reduction in the supply of people able to care” (p20)“Changes in the family’s structure or organisation, especially if it loses a member, if the woman finds employment or the family members live far apart from each other, are all factors which reduce the availability of family carers (...)” (p4)
“We intend to make progress so that more carers feel prepared and equipped to care if that is what they choose to do” (p83)“[Carer’s Rights Decalogue] Say NO to excessive, inappropriate or unrealistic demands” (p13)
“People who need care and the people caring for them know most about their own circumstances... we should recognise their expertise, perspective and circumstances... when informing carers about services health and local authorities need to listen first to what carers have to say” (p37)“Using the focus groups carried out by the EASP (Andalusian School of Public Health) involving Andalusian families and patients as a sample, the general expectations of female family carers are (...)” (p10)
Operational level
“Government will publicise the benefits of carer friendly employment policies... will promote the adoption of good practice” (p31)“Carers of severely disabled persons will be given priority in all services provided at health centres” (p24)
“Many carers at present lose the opportunity to make proper provision for their retirement because their working lives are interrupted by a period of caring. In the case of women this may be a second interruption of employment, following one they have already taken to bring up children. In future, time spent caring will qualify carers to entitlement to a second pension” (p35)“[Activities] Comprehensive evaluation of the situation of the female family carer and implementation of an intervention plan (…). Organisation of carers’ support workshops (...). Follow-up and telephone service (…). Acting as a link with health resource management and support services (p16)
“Many carers have expressed concern about lack of recognition of the role of the carer in hospital settings… carers must be fully informed and involved in the planning of the future of the patient, so that assumptions are not made about their ability or willingness to care (…) where carers need more specialist information or help from other agencies, such as social services, NHS Direct will be able to refer callers onto other sources of help” (p42)“[Objectives] Care in the event of bereavement” (p14)
“Carers have a right to see their own health needs met” (p55)
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