This report details the findings of research undertaken with family carers in Cork
during 2007 – 2008. The research was undertaken to elicit the views and experiences
of family carers, and in so doing, to gain insight into their perspectives on family
caring and on associated support mechanisms. It is hoped that, thereafter, policy can
draw on these observations. Three key themes emerged from the research itself. These
are (i) the role and position of the family carer in society, (ii) the process of family
caring itself and (iii) access to and knowledge of key support services.
This report, then, draws attention to the extent and dynamics of family caring, as seen
through the opinions and experiences of carers located in and nearby Cork city. It has
the following format. In the first instance we turn our attention to a discussion of
family caring in Ireland, and associated supports more generally. This includes a
discussion on key issues arising in the general discourse around famil...