Effects of factors of informal care on the utilization of social care insurance benefits: A cross-sectional study

Jenny Rueffer1*, Silke Geithner2, Goetz Schneiderat2, Tom Schaal1

1Department of Health and Care Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Zwickau, Kornmarkt 1,  Zwickau, Saxony, Germany. 2University of Applied Sciences for Social Work, Education and Care, Duererstr. 25, Dresden, Saxony.

Background: Presently in Germany, as there is a shortage of nursing staff, informal caregivers have become highly relevant. Because they often deal with care related burden, legislation was passed to improve caregivers’ situations by offering more supports. Nonetheless, a considerable percentage of caregivers do not utilize it.

Methods: Data was collected in Saxony (Germany) from November 2019 to December 2019 by using an online survey and a postal survey (cross-sectional study design; n= 1,716). For analysis bivariate logistic regression (forward method LR, α≤0.05) was performed.

Results: The average age of the sample was 61.9 years, 52.9% were female and 45.7% male. Results indicate a medium utilization of care insurance services. Considerable associations were time spent on care and utilization of care allowance (OR: 1.77), such as duration of care degree and utilization of residential care services (OR: 1.88) and substitute care (OR: 1.81).

Conclusions: Informal caregivers putting intensive effort into care do tend to utilize services. The resulting questions of why newer informal caregivers do not tend to utilize services and why there is a medium utilization among all caregivers implies that people need to gain better access to services independently of care factors.

Keywords: Informal care; Care Insurance; Services utilization

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Jenny Rueffer, Silke Geithner, Goetz Schneiderat, Tom Schaal. Effects of factors of informal care on the utilization of social care insurance benefits: A cross-sectional study. Global Journal of Nursing , 2020; 3:17. DOI: 10.28933/gjn-2020-10-2506


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