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Frailty differences in older adults’ use of informal and formal care

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  • Deborah Lambotte
  • Liesbeth De Donder
  • Sofie Van Regenmortel
  • Bram Fret
  • Sarah Dury
  • An-Sofie Smetcoren
  • Eva Dierckx
  • Nico De Witte
  • Dominique Verté
  • Martinus J.M. Kardol
Objectives This study examines different combinations of informal and formal care use of older adults and investigates whether these combinations differ in terms of need for care (physical and psychological frailty) and enabling factors for informal and formal care use (social and environmental frailty). Methods Using cross-sectional data from the Belgian Ageing Studies (survey, N = 38,066 community-dwelling older adults), Latent Class Analysis (LCA) is used to identify combinations of informal and formal care use. Bivariate analyses are used to explore the relationship between the different combinations of care use and frailty. Results Latent Class Analysis (LCA) identified 8 different types of care use, which vary in combinations of informal and formal caregivers. Older adults who are more likely to combine care from family and care from all types of formal caregivers are more physically, psychologically and environmentally frail than expected. Older adults who are more likely to receive care only from nuclear family, or only from formal caregivers are more socially frail than expected. Conclusions Older adults with a higher need for care are more likely to receive care from different types of informal and formal caregivers. High environmental frailty and low social frailty are related with the use of care from different types of informal and formal caregivers. This study confirms that informal care can act as substitute for formal care. However, this substitute relationship becomes a complementary relationship in frail older adults. Policymakers should take into account that frailty in older adults affects the use of informal and formal care.
Originele taalEngels
TijdschriftArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Volume79
Pagina's (van-tot)69-77
Aantal pagina's9
ISSN0167-4943
DOIs
StatusGepubliceerd - dec-2018

    Trefwoorden

  • Informal and formal care, Community-dwelling older adults, Frailty, Latent Class Analysis, Variety in informal and formal care use, Substitution vs. complementarity

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