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The information worlds of non-resident informal carers: stakeholder perceptions

Webber, Sheila; McKinney, Pamela

The aim of this paper is to illuminate the distinctive elements of the information worlds (Burnett & Jaeger, 2011) of informal carers of elderly people, and specifically carers who are not resident with the cared-for person (henceforth non-resident informal carers (NICs). House of Commons Library (2019) identifies that in 2017/18 there were 4.5 million informal carers in the United Kingdom (UK) alone, with many “sandwich generation” (Grundy & Henretta 2006) carers of both children and parents. Research has shown that, as they age, people increasingly rely on health professionals and family carers for information (e.g. Asla, Williamson & Mills, 2006), with informal carers helping elderly people make sense of the information they receive from healthcare professionals (Pálsdóttir 2012). Surveys of information sources about Covid-19 have shown that older people still use online sources less than younger people to discover health information (Office for National Statistics, 2020).

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