Predicting unmet social care needs and links with well-being: findings from the secondary analysis

Document type
Report
Author(s)
Dunatchik, Allison; Icardi, Rossella; Roberts, Caireen
Publisher
NatCen Social Research
Date of publication
1 November 2016
Subject(s)
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Older Adults
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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The focus of this report is understanding the nature and prevalence of unmet social care needs, and understanding what causes and links there are with well-being.

Key findings

  • This widespread level of need indicates the impacts of pressures on the social care system, and affect those eligible for local authority financial support as well as self-funders.
  • Those in their 50s and 60s, living alone or experiencing widowhood are most likely to have future care needs that are not met.
  • There are no clear links between unmet need and wellbeing, perhaps because receiving care has both positive and negative impacts on wellbeing.

The project involved two stages: secondary analysis of HSE and ELSA data, and in-depth narrative interviews with older people. This report presents the findings from the secondary analysis.

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