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Living on the edge: Social exclusion and the receipt of informal care in older people
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7685-3216
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8795-7555
2016 (English)In: Journal of Aging Research, ISSN 2090-2204, E-ISSN 2090-2212, 1-10 p., 6373101Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Older people have been identified as being at risk of social exclusion. However, despite the fact that care is commonly required in later life and the majority of that care provided by informal carers, a connection between social exclusion and informal care-receipt has rarely been considered. The aim of this study was to examine how informal care-receipt is related to social exclusion.

A face-to-face questionnaire survey on social exclusion and informal care-receipt was carried out among older people (n=1255) living in Barnsley, United Kingdom. Multivariable analyses examined the association between social exclusion and categories of informal care-receipt: care receiver; assurance receiver; non-receiver with no need; non-receiver with need.

Compared to being a non-receiver with no need participants were more likely to be a care receiver or assurance receiver if they had higher levels of social exclusion. The highest level of social exclusion, however, was found in non-receivers with need. Despite a lack of informal care and support, formal practical support and personal care was also low in this latter group. Findings are discussed in relation to the conceptualisation of care-receipt and how contact with medical services could be an opportunity for identification and appropriate referral of non-receivers with need.

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2016. 1-10 p., 6373101
Keyword [en]
older people, social exclusion, informal caregiving, family care, care-receipt, loneliness, community
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Social Work
Research subject
Health and Welfare, Social exkludering av äldre på före detta industriorter
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-23329DOI: 10.1155/2016/6373101PubMedID: 27882247OAI: diva2:1044700

Finansiär: The Big Lottery Fund, Research Grant Programme [grant number RG/1/010166820

Available from: 2016-11-04 Created: 2016-11-04 Last updated: 2016-12-12Bibliographically approved

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