The most common services available to older people and carers are counselling, education and training, respite care, carer support groups and welfare payments. These services focus on improving the capacity of existing carers to deliver informal care (Levers of Change 4 and 5). In contrast, very few policies aim to address the underlying demographic and social trends that are driving the ‘tipping point’, or support working carers to provide care (Levers of Change 1, 2 and 3).
Technology-based solutions are particularly effective at supporting working carers, reducing stress and improving wellbeing and self-efficacy. Despite this, the healthcare industry has very poor levels of digitalisation.