Measuring unmet need for social care among older people

Vlachantoni, Athina, Shaw, Richard, Willis, Rosalind, Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane and Luff, Rebekah (2011) Measuring unmet need for social care among older people. Southampton, GB, ESRC Centre for Population Change, 4pp. (Centre for Population Change Briefing Paper, 3).


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Recent spending cuts in the area of adult social care raise policy concerns about the proportion of older people whose need for social care is not met. Such concerns are emphasised in the context of population ageing and other demographic changes. This briefing summarises research published in Population Trends no. 145 which explores the concept of ‘unmet need’ for Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs), using data on the receipt of support (informal, state or privately paid for). The results show that each of the three different support sectors tend to provide help for different kinds of need, and that worryingly, there is a significant level of ‘unmet need’ for certain activities.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Social Sciences
ePrint ID: 200825
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
September 2011Published
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2011 13:19
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:45
The Care Life Cycle: Responding to the Health and Social Care Needs of an Ageing Society
Funded by: EPSRC (EP/H021698/1)
Led by: Jane Cecelia Falkingham
24 May 2010 to 23 May 2015

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