The Personal, Practical and Policy Implications of Older Australians’ Residential Choice: Impact of Retirement Village vs. Community Living on Family and Formal Support
Buys, Laurie, Miller, Evonne, & Barnett, Karen R. (2006) The Personal, Practical and Policy Implications of Older Australians’ Residential Choice: Impact of Retirement Village vs. Community Living on Family and Formal Support. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 20(1/2), pp. 31-46.
Despite ever-increasing popularity, little is known about retirement village living for older Australian adults and whether and how this might affect family visitation patterns, the provision of informal family care-giving and usage of formal instrumental support. This research examines who, paid help vs. family, provides instrumental support to older people living in retirement villages (n=237) and the community (n=338) in Queensland, Australia. Logistic regression analysis revealed that the provider of instrumental support to older people differs according to residential address. Family provide help to community-dwelling older people, whereas retirement village residents rely on paid assistance for help with everyday household chores and report less face-to-face contact with family members. These findings, implying that informal care-giving ensures regular family contact for community-dwelling older people, inform policy and highlight the need for further research investigating how living in a retirement village might impact on caregiving and family support patterns.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Residential location, Informal Family Caregiving, Retirement Village, Community, Instrumental Support, Paid Support|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)|
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research|
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2006 Haworth Press|
|Copyright Statement:||Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.|
|Deposited On:||06 Feb 2007|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:25|
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