Colliding worlds: Family carers’ experiences of balancing work and care in Ireland during the COVID‐19 pandemic

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dc.contributor.authorLafferty, Attracta-
dc.contributor.authorPhillips, Dominique-
dc.contributor.authorDowling-Hetherington, Linda-
dc.contributor.authorFahy, Majella-
dc.contributor.authorMoloney, Breda-
dc.contributor.authorDuffy, Clare-
dc.contributor.authorPaul, Gillian-
dc.contributor.authorFealy, Gerard-
dc.contributor.authorKroll, Thilo-
dc.date.accessioned2021-04-29T11:43:27Z-
dc.date.available2021-04-29T11:43:27Z-
dc.date.copyright2021 Wileyen_US
dc.date.issued2021-04-23-
dc.identifier.citationHealth and Social Care in the Communityen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10197/12133-
dc.description.abstractThe COVID-19 pandemic public health and social protective measures imposed globally resulted in partial or full closure of key services and supports for people with a disability, chronic illness or age-related dependency. This caused huge disruption to care provision and family carers were relied upon to assume this care at home. Many family carers, including those in employment, found themselves navigating additional care responsibilities without ‘usual levels’ of support from family, friends, work, school, day care services, homecare and community services. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on family carers, their employment and caregiving responsibilities, through the lens of the Conservation of Resources (COR) theory (Hobfoll, 1989). Adopting a qualitative research approach, sixteen family carers (14 females, 2 males) who were in employment prior to the onset of or during the pandemic, participated in an in-depth, semi-structured telephone or online video interview between June and September 2020. Interviews lasted between 45 and 100 minutes, were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. A thematic analysis of the interview data identified four main themes: colliding worlds; navigating unchartered waters alone; opportunity despite adversity; and the relentless unknowing. Findings indicate that the onset of the pandemic resulted in the sudden loss of valued resources, which disrupted routines and caused care and work life domains to become intrinsically intertwined. Consistent with the main principles of the COR theory, adapting and transitioning to different ways of working and caring with depleted resources and supports, generated considerable stress for family carers and impacted their wellbeing. The implications for employers, healthcare providers, policy makers and other key stakeholders are considered, to enable family carers to successfully reconcile work with care and protect their wellbeing, as the pandemic continues to unfold and in the event of future societal crises.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipHealth Research Boarden_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherWileyen_US
dc.rightsThis is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Lafferty, A, Phillips, D, Dowling‐Hertherington, L, et al. Colliding worlds: Family carers’ experiences of balancing work and care in Ireland during the COVID‐19 pandemic. Health Soc Care Community. 2021; 00: 1– 10. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13365, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/srt.12339/full. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.en_US
dc.subjectCOVID-19en_US
dc.subjectPandemicen_US
dc.subjectEmploymenten_US
dc.subjectConservation of Resources (COR) theoryen_US
dc.subjectWorkforceen_US
dc.subjectQualitative researchen_US
dc.subjectCoronavirusen_US
dc.titleColliding worlds: Family carers’ experiences of balancing work and care in Ireland during the COVID‐19 pandemicen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.internal.authorcontactotherattracta.lafferty@ucd.ieen_US
dc.statusNot peer revieweden_US
dc.check.date2021-10-28-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/hsc.13365-
dc.neeo.contributorLafferty|Attracta|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorPhillips|Dominique|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorDowling-Hetherington|Linda|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorFahy|Majella|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorMoloney|Breda|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorDuffy|Clare|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorPaul|Gillian|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorFealy|Gerard|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorKroll|Thilo|aut|-
dc.description.adminNo embargo due to pre-print version - AC/JGen_US
dc.description.adminUpdate citation details during checkdate report - ACen_US
dc.date.updated2021-04-26T12:29:02Z-
dc.identifier.grantidEIA-2017-039-
dc.rights.licensehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/en_US
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