Projects

Careum Research was the first research institute in Switzerland to concern itself with the issue of reconciling work with caring for relatives. The research and development programme known as “work & care” has been running since as long ago as 2007. The various projects are concerned, among other things, with social trends, the care system and the world of work.

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Employing family caregivers at home care services

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: Examination and development of employment models for relatives at home care services.
Duration: March 2018–February 2022
External funding: Age Stiftung

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work & care modular

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: The aim of the project is to make our experiences available to companies in the form or flexible modules and thus simplify and improve the compatibility of care responsibilities and paid work in Switzerland.
Duration: June 2018–May 2020
External funding: Federal Office for Gender Equality FOGE

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Double-Duty Caregiving Plus (DoDuCa+)

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: The project examines the role played by relatives with relevant expertise in relation to safety-related healthcare incidents.
Duration: June 2018–November 2019
External funding: Nursing Science Foundation Switzerland

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Distance Caregiving Santé

Research programme “work & care”, “Ageing at home”
Brief description:  Help and care: Swiss health professionals support their relatives from a distance.
Duration: November 2018–October 2019
External funding: Schwyzer Winiker Stiftung

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Support for living at home

Research programmes “work & care”, “Ageing at home”
Brief description:  A new service offered by Sanitas health insurance seeks to improve support for living at home.
Duration: January 2019–September 2019
External funding: Sanitas health insurance

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Community service in home care

Research programmes “work & care”, “Ageing at home”
Brief description: The project examines the use of community service workers in private households as a resource for carers and their relatives at home.
Duration: February 2019–July 2019
External funding: Bundesamt für Zivildienst ZIVI

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Representative survey of the needs of family carers

Research programmes “Young Carers”, “work & care”, “Ageing at home”
Brief description: The first nationwide and representative survey on the situation and needs of family carers during various stages of their life.
Duration: July 2017–June 2019
Funding: FOPH, support programme “relief offers for relatives providing care”
Cooperation partner: gfs.bern

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Case Management

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: The aim of the project is to analyse the current situation, as regards the term “case management” in Switzerland, and come up with suitable recommendations for action.
Duration: June 2018–May 2019
External funding: Netzwerk Case Management Schweiz

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Support for relatives providing care within entry and emergency situations

Research programmes “Ageing at home”, “work & care”
Brief description: The project aims to determine to what extent caring relatives can be better supported within entry and emergency situations.
Duration: October 2017–April 2019
Funding: FOPH, support programme “relief offers for relatives providing care”
Project partner: ZHAW, Institut für Pflege

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Measures to improve the compatibility of work and care in companies in Switzerland

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: The project investigates if Swiss companies already have models of support for the caring relatives.
Duration: July 2017–February 2019
Funding: FOPH, support programme “relief offers for relatives providing care”
Contractual partner: Büro BASS

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Distance Caregiving

Research programmes “work & care”, “Ageing at home”
Brief description: The project investigates the possibility of help and care, even at a distance.
Duration: 2016–2018
External funding: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, SILQUA programme

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Double-Duty Caregiving

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: The research programme sheds light on the dual role of health professionals in and around Zurich who also care for relatives who are ill, disabled or elderly.
External funding: Swiss Nursing Sciences Foundation (Basel), City of Zurich Department of Health and Environment, Department for the Equality of Men and Women in the canton of Zurich

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Organisational survey on working conditions and health issues in healthcare professions

Research programme “work & care” (collaborative project with UZH)
Brief description: The collaborative project investigates the relationships between workload and health problems in the healthcare professions in Switzerland.
Duration: 2014–2016
Financial support: Suva

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work & care connect

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: A needs analysis will show whether alliances between organisations and care centres are possible in order to enable employees to use daytime and night-time services for their relatives requiring care in the same way that they use nurseries for the care of their children.
Duration: Pilot project until May 2015, further activities
External funding: Swiss Federal Office for Gender Equality (FOGE) as part of the financial support in accordance with the Equality Act

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Self-managed life at home – arrangements by people with spinal paralysis

Research programme “work & care” / ”Care Migration”
Brief description: The project investigates the experiences and strategies of people with spinal paralysis regarding the issue of domestic care and support.
Duration: November 2014–summer 2016
Partner in practice: Swiss Paraplegic Foundation

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The aging demographic in central Switzerland

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: The project sheds light on the "work & care" situation in selected organisations in central Switzerland.
Duration: December 2013–December 2015

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work & care plus

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: The online platform www.workandcare.ch has been developed as part of the project.
Duration: February 2013–August 2015
External funding: Swiss Federal Office for Gender Equality (FOGE) as part of the financial support in accordance with the Equality Act

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Support services and financial contributions for relatives

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: The study aims to conduct a survey of the financial contributions and support services for relatives providing care and support.
Duration: 2013–2014
External funding: Swiss Federal Office of Public Health

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work & care integra preliminary project

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: Careum Research investigates the terms within which Spitex can manage to employ relatives providing care.
Duration: Preliminary project until December 2013
External funding: CTI innovation grant

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Swiss Cancer League

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: This project focuses on the decision-making routes taken by people suffering with cancer and their relatives regarding the reconciliation of work and care.
Duration: 2013
External funding: Swiss Cancer League

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Care Migration – transnational care arrangements in the private household

Research programme “work & care” / “Care Migration”
Brief description: The study is concerned with the relevance of health policy and the extent of care migration, as well as its effects on the healthcare system in Switzerland.
Duration: 2011–2013
External funding: Federal Statistical Office, Swiss Health Observatory (Obsan)

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Care migrants providing domestic care: Spitex assessment

Research programme “work & care” / “Care Migration”
Brief description: The project focuses on the challenges and opportunities of care migration from the perspective of Spitex.
Duration: December 2011–April 2012
External funding: Cooperation with the City of Zurich, Department for Equality

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work & care practical tools

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: Careum Research has developed three practical tools to facilitate the reconciliation of work and care.
Duration: May 2010–October 2011
External funding: Swiss Federal Office for Gender Equality (FOGE) as part of the financial support in accordance with the Equality Act

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Case Management

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: The aim of the project is to develop a case management profile for relatives providing care who also work for a living.
Duration: 2010
External funding: Paul Schiller Foundation

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work & care 2

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: Careum Research investigated the interfaces between the professional and family care system.
Duration: May 2010–February 2013
External funding: Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF/DORE

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work & care 1

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: The project aims to ascertain and conceptualise individual and operational challenges in reconciling work and care.
Duration: November 2007–October 2009
External funding: Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF/DORE

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