Dutch concerned over pressures to give home care
Dutch people believe that the Cabinet plans for free home care to family and friends puts increasing pressure on individuals who have to care for friends or family by themselves according to The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP), the NRC writes. "Offering intensive care for too long can lead to overburdening, especially if you give that care alone", the researchers write. According to the NRC, there is willingness in The Netherlands to give unpaid home care to family and friends, but there are some who believe that the pressure will be too much. The research from the SCP is based on discussions with 400 people, including a large amount of informal carers and volunteers in care work. The SCP writes that there are currently an estimated four to five million informal carers and volunteer care workers in The Netherlands. This research was done at the request of the Ministry of Public Health, Wellness and Sport. The SCP writes that the solution lies in "appreciation, recognition, support and supervision", which the municipalities can outline. Municipalities should also be able to support home carers by giving them courses or small expense allowances. What home care actually means should also be publicized, the SCP writes. The reforms on care are part of a larger measure from the state that is pushing more towards a participation society, and away from the nanny state in an effort to place more responsibility on citizens to take their lives in their own hands. The reforms will be implemented next year. The aim for the healthcare reforms is that people can remain living at home for a longer period of time if they can.