EPIONI Celebrates First-Ever European Carers Day to Recognise, Support and Empower Informal Carers Across Europe

Greece (October 6, 2020) – Today, EPIONI celebrates the first of its kind European Carers Day hosted by Eurocarers, to spotlight the invaluable role of informal carers and their need for support across Europe.

According to recent EU-funded research, informal carers across the EU provide over 80% of all care, with women providing approximately two-thirds of care. Carers often face social, professional, health and financial challenges that prevent them from reaching their full potential.

In Greece the number of carers is estimated at 3.500.000

To meet the needs of informal carers, we need to take steps towards carer-friendly societies across Europe. To do this, Eurocarers has developed a 10-step strategy to help policy makers and other stakeholders in Europe who can help improve the lives of carers.

The 10 steps towards carer-friendly societies across Europe include:

  • Step 1: Define and acknowledge Carers
  • Step 2: Identify your Carers
  • Step 3: Assess the needs of your Carers
  • Step 4: Support multisectoral partnerships for integrated and community-based care services
  • Step 5: Facilitate Carers’ access to information and advice about care, caring and care-life balance
  • Step 6: Pay attention to Carers’ health and prevent negative health outcomes
  • Step 7: Give Carers a break
  • Step 8: Provide Carers with access to training and recognise their skills
  • Step 9: Prevent Carers’ poverty and allow them to maintain an active professional/educational life
  • Step 10: Adopt the Carers’ perspective in all relevant policies

It is very important to implement the European Directive on Carers in Greece, enacted in 2019.

“While some progress has been made, it is not enough or happening fast enough to ensure informal carers are fully supported across healthcare systems and social structures” said Stecy Yghemonos, Executive Director of Eurocarers. “At a time of global epidemic, raising awareness of the needs of informal carers is more important than ever to recognize their central role to the health and long term care systems, speed up consistent progress across countries and regions in Europe and protect carers’ health and well-being.”

Join the online conversation on Twitterand Facebookusing the hashtag #CarersDay_EU and #WeAreCarers_EU.

For more information about European Carers Day, please visit, www.carersday.eu.

About EPIONI

Greek Carers Network EPIONI is a national non-profit organization established in 2016 by a group

of citizens who are caregivers or former caregivers. It is governed by its Board of Directors, supported by a Scientific Committee and an Audit Committee. Our aim is to support individuals who work as informal, unpaid carers of family members or friends who are struggling

with physical or mental illness, disability or addiction. Our services include providing information about health issues and sharing good practices, providing carers with practical advice and emotional support, as well as facilitating the development of problem solving skills. We also work to help service users identify and utilize available resources from their local communities

About Eurocarers

Eurocarers brings together carers’ organisations as well as relevant universities & research institutes – a unique combination that enables evidence-based advocacy. Our network works to ensure that care is valued and unpaid care is recognised as central to the sustainability of health and long-term care systems. We believe that carers’ know-how and needs are worth listening to and people should have the right to choose freely whether they want to be a carer, and to what extent they want to be involved in caring. Our ai

m is therefore to act as a voice for informal carers, irrespective of their age or the particular health need of the person they are caring for

by: (1) Documenting and raising awareness about the significant contribution made by carers to health and social care systems and the economy as a whole, and of the need to safeguard this contribution; and (2) Ensuring that EU and national policies take account of carers, i.e. promote their social inclusion, the development of support services, enable them to remain active in paid employment and maintain a social life.