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Comparison of caregiving burdens among family members by the type of benefits in long-term care

  • Korea Social Policy Review
  • Abbr : KSPR
  • 2019, 26(3), pp.93-116
  • DOI : 10.17000/kspr.26.3.201909.93
  • Publisher : Korean Association of Social Policy
  • Research Area : Social Science > Sociology > Medical / Welfare / Social policy
  • Received : January 17, 2019
  • Accepted : September 11, 2019
  • Published : September 30, 2019

han eun-jeong 1 Hwang, Rahil ORD ID 2 Park, Se Young 1 Jungsuk Lee 1

1국민건강보험공단
2신한대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to investigate and compare differences in caregiving burdens among family members with the disabled elderly according to the utilization of long-term care. We obtained the data from the project ‘2016 Survey on Family Caregivers’ Burden with Long-term Care Beneficiaries’, studied by the Institute for National Health Insurance. This survey was conducted from June 13 to July 17 2016, and the questionnaires included items of family caregivers’ characteristics and caregiving burdens. Total 2,603 family caregivers completed questionnaires. They were classified into 4 groups according to their utilization of long-term care(home care, institutional care, family care, and long-term care hospital services). As a result, more than half of respondents received help from other families. The group of home care reported relatively smaller help from other families. The groups of family care and long-term care hospital services reported statistically significant higher economic burden. The groups of home care and family care suffered from lack of healthy behaviors such as diet, exercise, and sleeping rest, and their subjective health level were low. And they also reported the higher levels of caregiving stress, depression, and caregiving burden, compared with the groups of institutional care and long-term care hospital services. Our findings suggest that it is needed to consider differences in caregiving burdens among family members by the type of benefits to develop family caregiver support programs.

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