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Developing personal and household services in the EU : A focus on housework activities

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  • Developing personal and household services in the EU
  • Farvaque, Nicolas et al
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Title Developing personal and household services in the EU
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A focus on housework activities

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Farvaque, Nicolas et al

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Brussels, Belgium : European Commission

Date 2013-01
Pages 70
Subject Country Europe(Europe)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Social Welfare
Holding Skills Development Scotlank
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Abstract

Personal and household services (PHS) cover a broad range of activities that contribute to well-being at home of families and individuals: child care, long term care for the elderly and for persons with disabilities, cleaning, remedial classes, home repairs, gardening, ICT support, etc. One can distinguish between “care” activities and “non-care” activities, depending on the state of being of the recipient of the service or his/her needs. One can say that care services are provided to (dependent) persons with special needs (long-term care for older people, care services to disabled persons, childcare services), while “non-care” services will rather be provided so as to improve the well-being of the recipients. However it is important to note that the same service (e.g., cleaning the home) can be considered as part of the overall care provided to a dependent person, or just a convenience service helping non-dependent people to have more free time or better conciliate their work-life balance. As well as far as conciliation issues are concerned, the distinction can sometimes be difficult to maintain.