Project: A survey of how informal carers and carer support services in Sweden are affected by covid-19
Nationellt kompetenscentrum anhöriga (Nka) are going to map how carers and the carer support have been affected by covid-19. Nka will also leave suggestions for immediate and long-term measures to support carers and develop carer support services during crises and pandemics.
Project manager Lennart Magnusson Participating organizations Nationellt kompetenscentrum anhöriga, Linnaeus University, the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen), and carers', patients' and pensioners' organisations Financier The Ministry of Social Affairs (Socialdepartementet) Timetable 15 Aug 2020–31 Dec 2021 Subject Health science (Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Faculty of Health and Life sciences) Website www.anhoriga.se/samverkansprojekt (in Swedish)
More about the project
Approximately one in four people in Sweden provide care, help or support to a family member, friend, relative or significant other. Many people see caring as something fulfilling and meaningful, but caring can also lead to stress and affect one’s life in a negative way. Prior to the covid-19 pandemic, carers were already making a significant contribution in terms of caring for their loved one(s) and the pressures on carers have most likely increased as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, carer support has not been able to be implemented to the same extent as prior to the pandemic.
During the autumn of 2020, Nationellt kompetenscentrum anhöriga (Nka) will carry out a survey of how carers, health and social care staff and carer support services have been affected by covid-19. The data will be collected and analysed during the autumn and the final report is estimated to be ready by spring 2021. The report will also include suggestions for immediate and long-term measures to support carers and to develop carer support services during crises and pandemics.
The survey will be focusing on carers as a whole, but also identify and compare how women and men have experienced their situation. The analysis will be carried out both with regards to adult carers and with regards to children as next of kin and young carers.
The results are intended to act as a useful foundation for the work of governmental authorities, regions, municipalities and private actors. The project will take place in collaboration with the National Board of Health and Welfare in Sweden, as well as carers', patients' and pensioners' organisations.