What is your country currently doing to support carers?
Find out all you need to know about the current state of care in Italy. 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 formally recognized in Italy. In 2017, a fund was established for the financial coverage of legislative measures aimed at recognizing the social and economic value of the unpaid carer.i
Nationally, unpaid carers are entitled up to 3 days’ leave per month. This leave is fully paid by the INPS (the national social security agency) or another social security agency. Up to 2 years’ unpaid leave can be taken in a staggered manner.iii
There is no national respite care available, but in some regions, measures have been introduced to give the unpaid carer rest periods or breaks (holidays or temporary detachment).v
Unpaid carers may receive a Carers Allowance if the person for whom they care fits the definition of “invalid” (i.e. they are unable to accomplish activities of daily living).ii
A form of early retirement is allowed for some categories of workers considered to be disadvantaged, including unpaid carers.iv
Information and training
A general information service provides information about support services, but it varies per region.vi
i EUROCARERS. (2017). A Fund to support the caring role of informal carers has been established by national law. Page 1. http://eurocarers.org/News-from-Italy-A-Fund-to-support-informal-carers-has-been-established-by-national-law [Date Accessed: 16 July 2018]
ii Alzheimer Europe. (2009). Italy Social Support Systems. Page 1. https://www.alzheimer-europe.org/Policy-in-Practice2/Country-comparisons/2007- Social-support-systems/Italy [Date Accessed: 16 July 2018]
iv Library of Congress. (2017). Italy: Early Retirement Benefits. Page 1. http://www.loc.gov/law/foreign-news/article/italy-early-retirement-benefits/ [Date Accessed: 16 July 2018]
v Alzheimer Europe. (2009). Italy Social Support Systems. Page 1. https://www.alzheimer-europe.org/Policy-in-Practice2/Country-comparisons/2007- Social-support-systems/Italy [Date Accessed: 16 July 2018]
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