Pip Coore, ‘The contractualisation of care in an ageing world’

We will all, at some point in our lives, care for an ill or disabled loved one, or need care ourselves (Herring 2013, Carers UK 2014). As the global population ages, the number of people affected by age-related illnesses requiring on-going, extended care will dramatically increase (Alzheimer’s Australia 2006). Currently, limited places in aged care facilities, coupled with governments encouraging people to remain in the community as they age, puts new pressures on families to care for their older relatives (Herd 2002b). This is creating a situation where life comes ‘full circle’; where the older parent becomes the dependent and the adult child becomes the carer (Herd 2002a, 73). With new pressures on families to care for their older relatives, family agreements are increasingly being entered into (Herd 2002a). Family agreements are, as Herd (2002b, 24) explains, arrangements in which an older parent transfers property, or pays compensation, to their adult child during their lifetime in return for the promise that their adult child will care for them for life (‘Family Agreements’).

Pip Coore, The contractualisation of care in an ageing world in Ageing, Gender and Family Law (Jonathan Herring and Beverley Clough eds) (Routledge, first published 30 March 2018).

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