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Research

In 2008 we published the first piece of quantitative research in an Irish context looking at the health status of Family Carers. Building on this piece of research in June 2010 we completed and published a qualitative research study in collaboration with the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland entitled 'The Caring reality of Family Carers: An Exploration of the health status of a specific group of Family Carers’. We have also published an overview report on Caring in Ireland, an updated version having been launched in May 2013, and March 2015. In November 2014 we launched a Literature Review on the Relationship between Family Carers and Home Care Support Workers.

In 2009 we secured funding from the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) to undertake research into the post-caring experience. The research was carried out in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin and the findings are available here.

In 2009-2011 we engaged in an EU-wide (Grundtvig) project, with four other EU Carer organisations, which documented the un-certified skills acquired by former Family Carers. One output from the project is a Guidebook for Former Carers. For more details about the entire project see www.lifeaftercare.eu

In 2012-13 we partnered with 5 other carer organisations accross Europe on a project relating to Young Adult Carers (Together for Young Adult Carers). www.youngadultcarers.eu and published a Booklet to support Young Adult Carer initiatives Click here to download booklet.

In 2015 we worked with the University of Limerick to research the impact of Benefit Finding for Family Carers. 

We are strengthening our relationships with several academic institutions through collaborative joint research bids.

We lead and organise an interagency and multi-disciplinary Family Carer Research Group that meets regularly to discuss the relevant research issues in relation to Family Carers.