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Whitlatch, C.J., Feinberg, L.F. and Stevens, E.J. (1999) Predictors of Institutionalization for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and the Impact on Family Caregivers. Journal of Mental Health and Aging, 5, 275-288.

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  • TITLE: The Relationship with Previous Use of Community-Based Services and Informal Caregiver Support and Elderly and Informal Caregivers’ Views of Living Arrangement: Analysis of Official Statistics from 2004 to 2014

    AUTHORS: Kailu Wang, Stephen Chi-Kin Law, Eliza Lai-Yi Wong, Eng-Kiong Yeoh

    KEYWORDS: Long-Term Care, Elderly, Informal Caregiver, Preference, Living Arrangement, Service Utilization

    JOURNAL NAME: Open Journal of Nursing, Vol.9 No.5, May 22, 2019

    ABSTRACT: Background and Objectives: Views on living arrangement from elderly and informal caregivers are crucial to “ageing in place”. They might be related to the experience in the use of elderly care services, which remains inconclusive in previous literature. This study aimed to explore the association of previous experience in formal and informal long-term care services with views of both elderly and their informal caregivers on living arrangement. Research Design and Methods: This study adopted a cross-sectional design. Assessment records of Minimum Data Set-Home Care for community-dwelling elderly who were eligible for subsidized long-term care services in Hong Kong from 2004 to 2014 were made available. Multivariate logistic regression was applied to examine associations between both views on elder’s living arrangement from the elderly, caregivers and their previous informal caregiver support, and experience in formal care services. Results: 82,306 dyads of elderly and informal caregivers were included in the analysis. The elderly with previous use of home and community-based services (OR = 0.84, 95% CI 0.80 - 0.88) and informal caregivers (OR = 0.78, 95% CI 0.76 - 0.81) believed that the elderly should live away from home. Temporal trends of fewer elderly and caregivers supporting the idea of living away from home were also observed. Discussion and Implications: The results highlighted the importance of informal caregiver’s support and previous utilization of formal home and community-based services. It was concluded that resources and information of community-based care have a significant association with views on living at home also proper support services and training of care for the elderly should be made available to informal caregivers to reduce their burden.