Richer people 'less likely to provide care for parents'

Posted on 24 August 2011

The higher a person's salary, the less likely they are to personally help out their elderly parents, possibly meaning they are more inclined to look for ways to pay for care.

For women, every ten per cent wage rise will see them spend 36 per cent less time providing care, according to research from the Kiev Economics Institute.

These results were not as strong among men, who reduce their caring time by 18 per cent for every ten per cent rise in pay.

In addition, the presence of a sibling or other person who is willing to help out only increases this effect.

This follows comments from Lili Hoag, senior policy and communications officer at Counsel and Care, who emphasised that older adults may need help in their own homes.

She encouraged family members of those who may have hurt themselves or fallen to contact their local authority.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

 

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