Background

Family carers are the main source of care provision for those in need of care due to a long-term illness, disability or frailty living in the community. Approximately 4.1% of the Irish population are carers (CSO 2016). With an ageing population, the demand for care is predicted to soon to exceed supply. Consequently, balancing work with care obligations will become an increasingly important health, social and economic issue. A supportive work environment may help to reduce some of the negative impacts often associated with caregiving, such as poor physical and psychological health.