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Measuring unmet need for social care amongst older people

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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 being met. Such concerns are emphasised in the context of population ageing and other demographic changes. For example, the increasing proportion of the population aged 75 and over places greater pressure on formal and informal systems of care and support provision, while changes in the living arrangements of older people may affect the supply of informal care within the household. This article explores the concept of |[lsquo]|unmet need|[rsquo]| for support in relation to specific Activities of Daily Living |[lpar]|ADLs|[rpar]| and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living |[lpar]|IADLs|[rpar]|, using data on the receipt of support |[lpar]|informal, formal state or formal paid|[rpar]| from the General Household Survey, the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and the British Household Panel Survey. The results show that different kinds of need tend to be supported by particular sources of care, and that there is a significant level of unmet need for certain activities.

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Vlachantoni, Athina, Shaw, Richard, Willis, Rosalind, Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane and Luff, Rebekah (2011) Measuring unmet need for social care amongst older people Population Trends, 145, (1), Autumn Issue, pp. 60-76. (doi:10.1057/pt.2011.17).

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Published date: 22 September 2011
Organisations: Gerontology

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Local EPrints ID: 199313
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/199313
ISSN: 0307-4463
PURE UUID: fffa51ee-882d-45e0-92a8-3cecab8a0ab1
ORCID for Rosalind Willis: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6687-5799

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Date deposited: 17 Oct 2011 15:29
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:16

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Author: Richard Shaw
Author: Rosalind Willis ORCID iD
Author: Maria Evandrou
Author: Jane Falkingham
Author: Rebekah Luff

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