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Care in Changing Societies


Wed 26. 8.  16:00 - 17:30
room FA 204

Programs for caregivers of dependent elderly in Spain in times of economic crisis


Veira-Ramos, Alberto; Agulló Tomás, María Silveria
Universidad Carlos III, Spain

The Spanish Dependency Act was approved in March 2006 to provide with social services to an estimated two million dependent people as well as to provide relief to their relatives and informal caregivers. Economic crisis, however, has greatly contributed to halt the development of the planned measures. Within the frame of the research project “Carers for the elderly: situation before the Dependency Act and evaluation of programs for caregivers”, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (CSO2009-10290, VI Plan Nacional de I+D+i), a survey has been conducted in 2012 to collect information from organizations of different sorts (public, private and NGOs) working in the realm of the provision of social assistance to elderly dependent people and their relatives. The survey contains information about more than 400 programs provided by respondents who were actively involved in the implementation of programs aimed to help and support caregivers of old dependent people at interview time. About 54% of programs were provided by NGO´s, 26% by public institutions (mostly municipalities) and 20% by private institutions. Respondents answered to items specifically designed to measure the impact of each program. Regression models show that, after controlling for other relevant variables (level of formalization of the program, implementation of evaluative techniques, type of program), NGOs are managing to obtain similar results than Public and Private institutions despite having, on average, more limited resources. Further information regarding the research project can be found at the project´s blog http://cuidadoresdemayores.blogspot.com.es.