Hlebec, Valentina (1,2,3); Srakar, Andrej (4); Majcen, Boris (4)
1: University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; 2: Faculty of Social Sciences; 3: Faculty of Health Sciences; 4: Institute for Economic Research
Most care provided to the elderly living at home comes from informal caregivers: family members, friends and neighbours. With the development of community services such as community healthcare, personal lifeline systems for the elderly or the panic button, home care and similar, informal care is enhanced by formal community forms of care. We have used the data from the SHARE (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe) survey to estimate the number of people (over 65 years old) who receive an individual type of care (no care, only informal care, only formal care, a combination of the two) as well as the number of people who need care, but fail to receive it. We have also used the multinomial logistic regression method to evaluate the factors that influence the type of care. Similar to other European countries, the need and the availability of informal caregivers have the strongest influence on the type of care.