Building blocks for multi-disciplinary informal care in Flevoland, NL

research paper

'Building blocks for multi-disciplinary informal care in Flevoland' was developed as an initiative within the theme of 'Derailed Informal care'.

The system is based on the assumption of a strong inter-relationship between the care recipient and the caregiver. In most cases, developments occur simultaneously for the client/caregiver and the care recipient throughout the course of the illness. Difficulties experienced by the care recipient translate into difficulties for the caregiver. Conversely, difficulties experienced by the caregiver are translated into difficulties for the care recipient.

Caregivers are being relied upon in more and more cases, and they are experiencing increasing pressure. Many are  overburdened, and this can lead to derailed informal care, or even abuse arising from frustration. An overburdened caregiver has major implications for the client/care recipient. It is therefore important to consider how to reduce the burden on the caregiver.

For this reason, CMO Flevoland (NL) has developed 'Building blocks for informal care', in collaboration with social-service agencies, as well as with formal and informal care organizations.

These building blocks provide a format for informal care that can be used within contexts of multi-disciplinary care, progressive illnesses and similar situations. As illustrated in the figure, the model can also provide a foundation for policy involving informal care.

Given the increasing reliance on informal caregivers, a sole focus on the care recipient is no longer desirable. It is essential to maintain a focus on both parties. These building blocks provide local governments and health insurance companies with insight into which interventions should be performed and by whom, in addition to providing clues necessary for adjustment.

Compiled by: Greet Kamminga
CMO Flevoland
Neringpassage 107, 8224 JB Lelystad
PO Box 194, 8200 AD Lelystad
Tel.: 0320 244 259  Mobile: +316 360 68 621

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