Community-Based Long-Term Care Services: If We Build It, Will They Come?
OBJECTIVE: This study examines the relationship between caregivers' perception of community-based long-term care (CBLTC) services and the service use. METHOD: We used first two waves of the longitudinal data set of 1,416 dyads of care recipients and their caregivers in Singapore. Four perceived attributes of LTC services--service quality, convenience, social connectedness, and affordability--were measured on a 5-point scale. RESULTS: Among the four perceived attributes, perceived affordability was significantly associated with future utilization for all types of CBLTC services. Perceived service quality and convenience was significantly associated with center-based LTC services use. DISCUSSION: Caregivers are critically involved in the decision of using CBLTC services, and their perception of service characteristics is significantly associated with the uptake of CBLTC services. It is important to incorporate both care recipients' and caregivers' needs and preferences when designing and promoting integrated health care delivery models.
Liu, C; Eom, K; Matchar, DB; Chong, WF; Chan, AWM
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