Thematic Panel 22: Climate crisis and long-term care: where are the links, boundaries and transitions?


Dr. Andrea E. Schmidt, MSc, Competence Centre for Climate and Health, Austrian National Public Health Institute
Dr. Johanna Fischer, SOCIUM University of Bremen, Germany
Dr. Ernest Aigner, Competence Centre for Climate and Health, Austrian National Public Health Institute

Building up climate resilience of the long-term care sector has implications for caregivers, care workers, and care recipients alike. For example, climate resilience highlights the important role of a highly qualified long-term care workforce. At the policy level, increasing awareness about the eco-social policy link may represent an opportunity for the long-term care sector in terms of public financing options as well as re-thinking established paradigms. We invite contributions e.g. on the following questions: How can we achieve a higher quality of life of care recipients while also contributing to mitigating the climate crisis? Which trade-offs might be involved? Who are the actors for change required for eco-social care policies? Which policy instruments are suitable? Finally, the thematic session also invites contributions on how the climate crisis is linked to family caregiving. Contributions might address e.g. some of the following questions:
How does care for a frail or disabled family member change possibilities for climate-friendly living? Which challenges are expected for family carers in view of the climate crisis? How do gender aspects play a role? The session welcomes qualitative and quantitative as well as literature-based conceptual contributions. Interdisciplinary contributions are highly encouraged.