Why Do Seniors Often Chose Family Care?
Elderly Care Recipients Between Care Policies and Culture.
The theoretical framework is based on the theoretical approach of societal ‘care arrangements’ of Pfau-Effinger (1998, 2004), according to which the behaviour of people in need of care in the context of care policies can be explained with the complex and in part incoherent interaction between cultural, institutional, social and economic factors.
The paper introduces findings of an empirical study that analyses the degree to which seniors make use of their right to use public care in the context of different welfare state policies and different cultural ideals about care in the population. It analyses data from a comprehensive study of care policies and care structures in 6 European welfare states in the DFG-Projekt FAMICAP, based on document analysis, data of different waves of international surveys like SHARE and Eurobarometer, and national data sets.
The findings indicate that a traditional cultural orientation towards family care and discrepancies between the popular definition of a good quality of care in the population and the definition of good care in the concepts of care policies contribute to the explanation of the differences.