DESK REVIEWS | 03.03.04. Trends

DESK REVIEW | 03.03.04. Trends

No data about this have been found. However, there was a huge increase in the rate of people working as carers for older people between 2007 and 2017 (growth of more than 500% – from 5,263 to 34,051 registered informal care workers) (Brazilian Ministry of Economy, 2018). Qualitative research shows that people working in care homes are generally undervalued and underpaid (Salcher et al., 2015). However, there is a general lack of national and representative data on this topic in Brazil.


Brazilian Ministry of Economy. (2018). RAIS 2018.

Salcher, E. B. G., Portella, M. R., & Scortegagna, H. de M. (2015). Cenários de instituições de longa permanência para idosos: Retratos da realidade vivenciada por equipe multiprofissional. Revista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia, 18, 259–272.

India has seen a considerable rise in the number of formal caregivers (home-based attenders) as it has turned into a commercial venture (UNESCAP, 2016). However, patterns of vacancies and workforce turnover have not been documented. 


UNESCAP. (2016). Long-term Care of Older Persons in India. Available from:

There is no specific information on staff providing LTC. Information available focuses on general health care providers.