Family caregiving refers to the provision of care to a family member suffering from illness or disability. Care may be provided in the form of assistance with activities of daily living (ADL), such as eating, walking, and bathing, and assistance with instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), such as shopping, preparing meals, and taking medications, as well as emotional, financial, and decision-making support.
Financial and Employment Impacts
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Adults aged 65 and older represented 13.3% of Hong Kong’s total population in 2011, and this proportion is projected to reach 30.2% in 2041. While most older adults are able to live independently, approximately 2.5% (roughly 280,500) of community-dwelling older adults require assistance in daily living. According to the Census and Statistics Department, adult children constitute the largest group (37.3%) of informal caregivers, followed by spouses (26.3%) and domestic helpers or nurses (25.6%). When available, daughters provide most care supports for community-dwelling centenarians in Hong Kong.
WHAT ARE OUR OBJECTIVES?
To examine the effects of caregiving on the economic impacts, specifically financial and employment outcomes, among family caregivers in Hong Kong
To study the moderating effects of workplace accommodative measures and domestic helpers on family caregivers’ financial and employment outcomes
WHAT ARE WE ADVOCATING?
Giving more attentions to low income families!
Promoting workplace accommodative measures!
Supporting families with domestic helpers on perceived burdens!
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