Family Care of Elderly People: Australian Perspectives Kinnear, David en_US Graycar, Adam en_US 2021-11-25T16:09:31Z 2021-11-25T16:09:31Z 1982 en_US
dc.description.abstract Roughly three per cent of households in Australia contain an elderly person who is a relative of the household. This family form occurs for a variety of reasons, but the most important of these is the chronic health status of the elderly person. Most elderly people begin living with relatives because of illness and attendant activity limitations for which continuous support and care is necessary and available through family support. This study investigated the costs and difficulties of family care for both the carer and the family and showed that the caring situation was usually established because the elderly relatives either could not look after themselves or needed supervision and care. Data were collected in Sydney and Hobart from a sample of· 75 residents and this enabled the study to reflect some perspectives that extended beyond the boundary of one state on the issue of family care. The study found almost 93 per cent of the elderly relatives were aged 75 years and over, with the majority of those being aged 80-89 years. Thus the majority of elderly fell into the category ‘old’ old and consequently were most likely to be suffering from chronic health problems. This had great negative impact on most social aspects of the carers 1ife. The research found that the carers : - had less time for recreation and leisure activities (79%); - (in paid employment) suffered a deterioration in work performance (84%); - had less time to complete housework and allied chores (52%); - suffered from a deterioration in the relationship with their spouse (56%); - were less able to relax and sleep at night (60%); - were apprehensive about their growing older (51%); Furthermore, the carers' - relationships with brothers and sisters deteriorated rapidly (90%) - general emotional state declined (50%) In short, the pattern that emerged was a marked deterioration in many important areas of the carers' lifestyle. The study also found that over 95 per cent of the carers were women which demonstrates that family care is, in reality, care by women. Care by women is so firmly entrenched in the family role structure that over 50 per cent of the carers surveyed had given up jobs in order to provide care. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 858232553 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Social Welfare Research Centre en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Reports and Proceedings en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other Australia en_US
dc.subject.other Elderly People en_US
dc.subject.other Family Care en_US
dc.title Family Care of Elderly People: Australian Perspectives en_US
dc.type Working Paper en
dcterms.accessRights open access
dspace.entity.type Publication en_US
unsw.identifier.doi Sydney en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofworkingpapernumber 23 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Kinnear, David, Social Policy Research Centre, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Graycar, Adam, Social Policy Research Centre, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US Social Policy Research Centre *
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