ERIC Number: EJ783050
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Reference Count: 38
Assistance Received by Employed Caregivers and Their Care Recipients: Who Helps Care Recipients when Caregivers Work Full Time?
Scharlach, Andrew E.; Gustavson, Kristen; Dal Santo, Teresa S.
Gerontologist, v47 n6 p752-762 Dec 2007
Purpose: This study examined the association among caregiver labor force participation, employees' caregiving activities, and the amount and quality of care received by care recipients. Design and Methods: Telephone interviews were conducted with 478 adults who were employed full time and 705 nonemployed adults who provided care to a family member or friend aged 50 or older, identified through random sampling of California households. We assessed care recipient impairment and service problems; the amounts and types of assistance received from caregivers, family and friends, and paid providers; and caregiver utilization of support services. Results: Care recipients of caregivers employed full time were less likely to receive large amounts of care from their caregivers, more likely to receive personal care from paid care providers, more likely to use community services, and more likely to experience service problems than were care recipients of nonemployed caregivers. Employed caregivers were more likely to use caregiver support services than were nonemployed caregivers. Implications: Accommodation to caregiver full-time employment involves selective supplementation by caregivers and their care recipients, reflecting increased reliance on formal support services as well as increased vulnerability to service problems and unmet care recipient needs. These findings suggest the need for greater attention to the well-being of disabled elders whose caregivers are employed full time. (Contains 1 footnote and 6 tables.)
Descriptors: Labor Force Nonparticipants, Community Services, Caregiver Role, Labor Force, Correlation, Employees, Interviews, Employment Level, Delivery Systems, Individual Characteristics, Access to Health Care, Older Adults
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Identifiers - Location: California