Working together towards balance in informal care

How can we work together to make it easier for you as a caregiver to find balance in your life?

Are you an informal caregiver and do you want to find more balance in your daily life?

The research

Informal care. Many Dutch people have to deal with this. For example, 1 in 3 Dutch people is an informal caregiver themselves and 1 in 4 Dutch people combines informal care with a paid job. And sometimes we don’t even realize that we are an informal caregiver. Becauseā€¦ caring for your loved one is normal, right? Assist your father or mother with a doctor’s visit and help with medication; or taking care of your child with physical or mental disabilities; or shopping and cooking for your sick neighbor. Without informal carers, healthcare would come under even greater pressure. And many Dutch would not make it in daily life. Informal care is therefore important and rewarding work that often gives satisfaction. Yet it often also creates extra burden for the caregiver in addition to the daily work and activities. And there is a great risk that the informal caregiver will no longer be able to cope with it and (temporarily) drop out.

Citizenlab Mantelzorg: beautiful and practical solutions for healthcare

How can we work together to make it easier for you as a caregiver to find the right balance in your life? Many different services and digital tools, such as websites and apps, already exist, but they are not always easy to find and use. That is why we want to work with you to find smart solutions that can help you maintain the balance in your life and in informal care.

How can we help each other?

We would like to do research with you and look for smart solutions, which is why we are making this call to you. Do you enjoy contributing to research? Would you like to improve your own situation as a caregiver? And do you find the use of technology interesting or perhaps difficult? Then we would like to invite you to work with us in our Citizenlab.

Please let us know if you would like to participate. For example, you can participate in interviews, group discussions and workshops that help devise good methods, apps and other resources for you as a caregiver.

You can register for the pilot by email and leave contact information.

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Do you know other informal carers who would like to think along or participate? Share or email this page via the buttons on the right of the screen.

Informal care questionnaire research:

Informal care in Twente in times of Corona

In May and June, we distributed a questionnaire among informal carers in Twente. In this questionnaire we asked about the experiences of informal caregivers in the corona crisis and also about their use of digital tools in informal care and for their own health and well-being. The results of the questionnaire can be viewed on this website at the end of August.

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Stand van zaken in Citizenlab Informal care