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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2005): Care of the Elderly - Overseas

SOCIAL NETWORKS, ETHNICITY AND PUBLIC HOMECARE UTILISATION

H. Litwin

Ageing and Society, vol.24, 2004, p.921-939

Article examines relationships between support networks and the use of formal homecare in Israel. Data were drawn from a 1997 national survey of people aged 60 or more. No association was found between homecare utilisation and the respondent's ethnicity (Arab, Jew or new Russian immigrant). Results show that formal care services were used more frequently by very old people, women, functionally impaired individuals and people embedded in neighbour-focused and restricted social networks. Basically, people sought formal support when they had limited access to informal support and care.

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