In 2021, in Lithuania, individuals of working age with disabilities constituted nearly a tenth of the working-age population and over 5 percent of the total country’s population. A significant segment, numbering 21,217 people, grappled with extremely complex disabilities, not only hindering their ability to work but also necessitating both informal and formal assistance.
By the close of 2022, projections indicated that approximately 223,000 individuals would be living with disabilities in Lithuania, reflecting a slight uptick compared to the preceding year. However, within this demographic, the number of working-age individuals with disabilities, a focal point for YoungCare, experienced a decline.
The available general statistics on individuals with disabilities fall short of accurately representing the number of working-age people with disabilities reliant on the support of their relatives. Moreover, there is absence of data on informal caregivers who attend to their family members or relatives. Consequently, evaluating the precise coverage of the project’s target group in Lithuania can only be inferred based on general statistical information about disabled individuals.
The National Report delineates the landscape of informal care services and caregivers in Lithuania for individuals aged 18 to 64. It outlines the needs and challenges faced by the YoungCare target group while providing practical support and examples of best practices. The report also incorporates the analysis of interviews, with 12 conducted in Lithuania: three with experts, one with an individual in need of care, and eight with informal caregivers. Notably, one expert assumed a dual role in our study, serving both as an expert and as a caregiver to her brother. Among the interviewed family caregivers, six were mothers, and two were sisters. All research participants, including the experts, were female. Only one interviewee with a disability was male. Two caregivers and care-dependent individuals were under the age of 50, two were 60 years or older, five were 70 years and older, and one was 89 years old.
Partner organizations from Germany, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Portugal collaborate to shed light on the often precarious situation of young adults requiring care and those who care for them.
For a detailed exploration of these findings, please visit the Lithuanian National Report here: https://youngcare.eu/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/YoungCare_-NationalReport_Lithuania_Final.pdf