Formal care refers to any professional or paid services provided in the care recipient’s home due to a physical, mental, emotional or memory problem. This can include help with personal care (e.g. dressing, bathing), help with domestic tasks (e.g. cleaning, ironing), meals-on-wheels or help with other activities (e.g. preparing prescribed medication).
Notes: Own calculations based on SHARE data release 7.0.0. Caution should be taken when interpreting changes in prevalence between points as the x-axis is not to scale. Actual data on formal home care for *wave 3 (2008/09, SHARELIFE) and **wave 4 (2011/12) are not available. As a result, these data points are averaged between waves 2 (2006/07) and 5 (2013). Data for wave 7 (2017, SHARELIFE) on formal home care are available by gender, but not by income and wealth. No data is available for the Eastern cluster for formal care. Sample sizes of countries should be considered when interpreting trends for total women and men. Sample sizes by region are as follows: Total (n=105,421); Northern (n=22,777): Sweden (n=9,700), Netherlands (n=7,940), Denmark (n=5,137); Continental (n=44,289): Austria (n=2,067), Germany (n=22,679), France (n=15,563), Switzerland (n=1,327), Belgium (n=2,653); Southern (n=24,646): Spain (n=9,760), Italy (n=14,886). The following data points should be interpreted with caution due to small sample sizes: men with income below the 40th percentile in the Southern region for wave 1 (2004/05) and wave 2 (2006/07); men with wealth below the 40th percentile in the Southern region for wave 1 (2004/05). For further inquiries concerning the data, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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