The Gerontologist, Vol 37, Issue 1 117-124, Copyright © 1997 by The Gerontological Society of America
Distribution of informal and formal home help for elderly people in Sweden
Dalarna Research Institute, Falun, Sweden.
We examined the effects of functional ability and various sociodemographic
characteristics of 553 elderly persons on their need for domestic
assistance. The Sickness impact Profile was used to assess functional
ability. Multiple logistic regression identified the following
statistically significant determinants of informal home help (including
various practical activity of daily living [ADL] chores): poor physical
status, age greater than 85 years, male gender, not living alone, and
living in a rural district. The following determinants of formal home help
manifested themselves: poor physical status, male gender, and living alone.
Physical status, age, gender, and district of domicile were independently
associated with overall use of home help.