Caregiving for Community-Dwelling Older Persons in South Korea: Current Formal and Informal Care Use Caregiving for Community-Dwelling Older Persons in South Korea

제목
Caregiving for Community-Dwelling Older Persons in South Korea: Current Formal and Informal Care Use Caregiving for Community-Dwelling Older Persons in South Korea
저자

Eunja Park19990802; Namsoon Kim; Van M. Ta Park; YongJoo Rhee

키워드
caregiving; formal care; informal care; community-dwelling older people
발행연도
2019-08-05
발행기관
Southern Gerontological Society/Sage Journals
Series
Journal of Applied Gerontology
Journal Title
Journal of Applied Gerontology
초록
The aim of this study is to examine formal and informal care use among community-dwelling older Korean adults. Older adults aged between 65 and 85 (N = 516) in mid-size city, selected using the probability proportional sampling method, were interviewed in person. One third reported having at least one caregiver. Compared to respondents who did not use any informal/formal care, those who used any formal or informal care were older and were more likely to be prefrail or frail and experienced at least one hospitalization or emergency department use in the past year. Living alone or being experienced with any hospitalization was associated with formal care use. Most care recipients received informal care from families, specifically spouses. Among participants who received no formal/informal care, 19% of them expected to receive formal care support in the future. Substantial support programs for informal caregivers are needed to address the increase in demand and expectation for long-term care.
ISSN
0733-4648
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