Trends in the receipt of formal and informal care by older people

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Summary

This research seeks to understand 'how' and 'why' the relationship between formal and informal care for dependent older people living at home has changed over time in Britain.

The research will look initially at changes in the use of both informal care (help provided by family, friends, and neighbours) and formal services (assistance provided by health and social services), and combinations of both, for a variety of daily living needs over 20 years in Britain (1980-2001).

Six years of the General Household Survey (GHS) will be pooled together to determine the overall level of help provided to older people with needs living at home. Factors or 'determinants' from three categories: individual and household level; service levels; societal level will then be entered into the explanatory models and statistical software will determine how important each is in predicting the use of informal and formal care. The analysis will also show how changes in these factors have affected the utilisation of informal care and formal services and the relationship between both over time.

Project outputs

Documentation

  1. Research Summary (Non-Technical Summary) (24 pages, 10,000 words) submitted to ESRC Society Today (2 February 2008)- Awaiting ESRC Review.
  2. Manuscript (15 pages, 5000 words) entitled ‘Trends in typologies of care of older people with functional dependencies living at home in Britain: the impact of the National Health Service and Community Care Act (NHSCCA) 1990’ submitted electronically for publication to Health and Social Care in the Community (28 December 2007). Awaiting AE recommendation.
  3. Contributed paper (11 pages, 2,400 words) ‘The impact of the National Health Service and Community Care Act (NHSCCA) 1990 on the ‘typologies of care’ of older people with functional dependencies living at home in Britain (1980-2001)’ to be published in Radical Statistics – Special Issue 96.

Presentations

  1. Paper presentation - Social Policy Association (SPA) Annual Conference 2008
  2. Paper presentation - British Society for Gerontology (BSG) Annual Conference
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