Geographies of informal care in Ireland, 2002-2006.
Irish Geography, 41 (3).
Given the increasing role that informal caregivers play in the Irish health, social and
economic systems, this short empirical paper outlines and maps the spatial distribution
of caregivers from the 2002 and 2006 Censuses to provide some preliminary insights into
patterns of caregiving in Ireland. The primary tasks involved mapping the distribution
of carers at small area-level in both 2002 and 2006 and noting specific changes in
patterns from the 2006 data. Patterns of informal caring are discussed in relation to: (a)
clusters and concentrations (as measured by location quotients), (b) specific distributions
related to intensities of caring, (c) key changes noted between 2002 and 2006 and
(d) some preliminary explorations of explanatory data. Associations were identified
between high-intensity caring and age, social class, deprivation and working in the home.
Finally, potential applied policy uses for data for informal caring are identified including
needs assessment and as an evidence base for modelling spatial service equity.
||This is an electronic version of an article published in Ronan Foley (2008): Geographies of informal care in Ireland, 2002–2006, Irish
Geography, 41:3, 261-278. Irish Geography is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00750770802506949
||carers; informal care; spatial distributions; equity; health geography;
||Social Sciences > Geography
Dr. Ronan Foley
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