Socio-demographic, socio-economic and health need differences between types of care use in community-dwelling older adults

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  • 1 Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Hogeschool Gent, , Belgium
  • | 2 Vrije Universiteit Brussel, , Belgium
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This article aims to identify relations between socio-demographic/socio-economic characteristics and the use of informal and formal care. All analyses were performed on data from the Belgian Ageing Studies, a survey among community-dwelling older people (60+) in Belgium. Latent class analyses were used to identify types of care use and bivariate analyses were used to assess differences within these types. Eight different types were identified. Results demonstrate that the use of formal care increases with age and is not related to socio-economic status. The conclusion highlights how the complexity of different types of care use might be a challenge for our ageing society.

  • 1 Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Hogeschool Gent, , Belgium
  • | 2 Vrije Universiteit Brussel, , Belgium

The D-SCOPE consortium is an international research consortium and is composed of researchers from: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (Dr A.-S. Smetcoren, Dr S. Dury, Prof Dr L. De Donder, Prof Dr N. De Witte, Prof Dr E. Dierckx, D. Lambotte, B. Fret, D. Duppen, Prof Dr M. Kardol and Prof Dr D. Verté); College University Ghent, Belgium (L. Hoeyberghs and Prof Dr N. De Witte); Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium (E. De Roeck, Prof Dr S. Engelborghs and Prof Dr P.P. De Deyn); Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (M. Van der Elst, Prof Dr J. De Lepeleire and Prof Dr B. Schoenmakers); and Maastricht University, The Netherlands (A. van der Vorst, Prof Dr G.A.R. Zijlstra, Prof Dr G.I.J.M. Kempen and Prof Dr J.M.G.A. Schols).

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