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.

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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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ID Code: 6064
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Residential location, Informal Family Caregiving, Retirement Village, Community, Instrumental Support, Paid Support
DOI: 10.1300/J081v20n01_03
ISSN: 0276-3893
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Past > 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 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:25

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