Formal and Informal Community Care to Older Adults: Comparative Analysis of the United States and Great Britain

TitleFormal and Informal Community Care to Older Adults: Comparative Analysis of the United States and Great Britain
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsDavey, A, Patsios, D
JournalJournal of Family and Economic Issues
Volume20
Issue3
Pagination271-300
Call Numberpubs_1999_Davey_AJFEconIss.pdf
KeywordsAdult children, Health Conditions and Status, Healthcare
Abstract

This article examines four components of community-based care for older adults with ADL limitations from a cross-national perspective, focusing on the U.S. and Great Britian. Surveys of older adults were used to determine whether differences exist between the two countries with respect to: the type of support that is primarily provided (informal sector vs. formal sector), the overall likelihood that those with at least 1 ADL limitations receive assistance, and the extent of unmet needs. Results show that the likelihood of receiving formal and informal support was significantly greater in G.B. than in the U.S. However, while high in both, the rates of unmet need did not differ between the two countries. The data also shows that community-based formal support does not substitute family help. This finding emphasizes the importance of family caregivers and further reinforces the already existing effort made by both countries to provide support for these primary support agents.

Endnote Keywords

Community Health Services/Health Services/Family/Health Status/Activities of Daily Living

Endnote ID

8354

Citation Key6658