Working Family Carers in Austria: Tensions Between Institutional Frameworks and Lifeworld Realities
Meanwhile, demographic trends, changes in family structures, geographic mobility and the increasing female labour market participation (including a longer stay of women in the labour market due to pension reforms) challenge the informal care potential. Hence, this situation leads to mismatches and increasing tensions between the Austrian LTC regime and the actual needs and resources of a growing number of employed family carers.
Against this background, the submitted contribution aims to present findings of an ongoing research project that investigates how employed family carers are trying to bridge the gap between the existing care regime framework and the everyday requirements of care provision. The transdisciplinary project links policy analyses with qualitative empirical case studies of selected care constellations. While focusing on the example of the Austrian case, it addresses a challenge many welfare states are currently facing.