What is your country currently doing to support carers?
Find out all you need to know about the current state of care in India. Our information covers topics like legislation, working arrangement for carers, respite care, what your country is doing to financially support carers, pension credits and the information and training you have access to.
Unpaid carers are not formally recognized in India. The Right to Persons with Disability Act 2016 defines a carer as any person including parents and other family members who with or without payment provides care, support or assistance to a person with disability.i
A majority of the workforce in India belongs to the informal sector, and therefore does not receive benefits such as paid leave or flexible working arrangements.iii
Respite care is short supply, inaccessible or unaffordable.v
India does not provide direct financial support to unpaid carers. The Right to Persons with Disability Act 2016 has a provision for a carer allowance to persons with disabilities with high support needs, but that provision has not yet been implemented.ii
India does not have a well-developed social security system and work- related pension is only available to those in the formal sector.iv
Information and training
Carers Worldwide facilitates employment, training and education opportunities tailored to exist alongside caring responsibilities.
i Commonwealth Foundation and Carers Worldwide. (2017). Promoting the Recognition and Inclusion of Carers of the Disabled and Mentally ill in India. Page 10. https://www.carersworldwide.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Commonwealth-Foundation-Evaluation-Report.pdf [Date Accessed: 16 July 2018]
iii Ageing International. (2016). Care Needs and Caregivers: Associations and Effects of Living Arrangements on Caregiving to Older Adults in India. Page 3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4877410/ [Date Accessed: 16 July 2018]
v The Hindu. (2016). Help for the Caregiver. Page 1. https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/health/help-for-the-caregiver/article5116330.ece [Date Accessed: 16 July 2018]
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