Care of family members: Measures in Swiss companies

A research project investigates if support structures for family carers already exists in Swiss companies and which barriers still remain.


Relatives, who provide care for their family members, frequently are in an active working life. This situation potentially creates major challenges for concerned employees, as well as for employers. Although good practice examples are known, there is a lack of reliable quantitative information on measures that are implanted by companies to facilitate the combination of work & care.

The focus of this research project that examines work and care measures in companies throughout Switzerland lies on the solutions that are established and the concerns that still remain on certain models. It aims to identify factors that are responsible for the implantation of support measures. In addition it will be questioned if the issue of combining work & care responsibilities plays a significant role within companies and how relevant information is communicated. The objective is to recognize which support employers need to develop, evaluate and establish certain measures.

Project team



Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), support programme “relief offers for relatives providing care”


Förderprogramm «Entlastungsangebote für betreuende Angehörige» (German)
Programme de promotion «Offres visant à décharger les proches aidants» (French)
Programma di promozione di offerte di sgravio per chi presta aiuto ai propri congiunti (Italian)


July 2017–February 2019


Careum School
of Health
Research Institute

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CH-8032 Zurich

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