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Title: Influence of socio-economic profile of neighbourhoods on the selection of home care strategies for older dependants
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Author: Julià Cano, Albert
Escapa, Sandra
Gallo de Puelles, Pedro
Keywords: Persones grans dependents
Atenció domiciliària
Sociologia de l'economia
Frail elderly
Home care services
Sociology of economics
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Abstract: Care strategies for older dependants are determined by not only individuals or network characteristics, but also contextual factors. The objective of this study is to determine whether urban contexts (neighbourhoods) are linked to the use of family care (informal), public services or private care at home (formal). We applied logistic regression analysis to data from the Survey of People in a Situation of Dependence 2018. The sample was composed of 530 older people (55 years old and over) living in two types of socio-economic groups of neighbourhoods in Barcelona, Spain. The type of neighbourhood is relevant in explaining the home care that older dependants receive. In neighbourhoods with a high socio-economic level, dependants are more likely to use private services and less likely to use informal care services and public services, even after controlling for household income, degree of dependency, sex, age and the number of people in the household. Understanding the factors that determine the use of public care services, private care services or family care-giving is important due to the increment in the number of older people in the population. Our results suggest that differences in urban socio-economic contexts determine some inequalities in the use of services even after controlling for socio-economic individual differences. The characteristics of neighbourhoods should be considered to adjust care policies for older dependants.
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It is part of: Ageing & Society, 2022, vol. 2022, p. 1-19 (versió online)
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ISSN: 0144-686X
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