Although far from being a new phenomenon, the role of family caregivers has gained prominence in public debate in recent years, emerging from the intimacy of the home where it had long remained hidden. In the light of future demographic changes, the difficult financial balancing act involved in responding to diminished autonomy, etc., it is clear that the essential role played by caregivers – whose importance has been brought into stark relief by the health crisis triggered by the Covid-19 epidemic – is destined to expand and evolve in the years to come. BPCE L'Observatoire presents its initial findings in this area on the basis of two original and open-minded surveys conducted at the end of 2020.
15 million caregivers
Caregivers are not a social category per se but rather a heterogeneous group of people facing the same experience of supporting a loved one.
According to the definition used in the BPCE study, 29% of French people over the age of 15 are caregivers, equal to a total of roughly 15 million people. In addition to these caregivers, 9% are ‘occasional caregivers,’ i.e. people taking care of a loved one for less than three hours or less than once a week, and 19% are former caregivers. In total, 57% of the French are, or have been, caregivers to varying degrees.