Half of elderly people do not want to rely on family for care

Elderly people are becoming increasingly keen to maintain their independence, says Partnership, as a survey by the annuities provider reveals retirees’ feelings on how they wish to be cared for in old age.

The Partnership Care Index, which involved over 1,000 interviews with those aged over 45 – including 100 interviews with people aged 75 and over – found that 49% of 75-85 year olds do not want their children to have to care for them.

That proportion fell to 41% for the 65-74 year old age bracket, while 59% of 75-85 year olds and 53% of 65-74 year olds said they do not want to go into a residential care home.

Furthermore, 57% of those aged 75-85 and 51% of those aged 65-74 said they would have carers come to their home if needed.

And 23% of 75-85 year olds said they would be happy to go into residential care if necessary.

Chris Horlick, managing director of care at Partnership, said: “The attitudes of the older generations towards their own needs are changing and they are very keen to maintain their independence as they get older. 

“They do not want to have to go into a residential care home, but equally, they do not wish to become a burden to their children if they stay at home. It is important that they and their children seek expert advice as to what funding options are available to them regarding their finances.”

 

Sourced from Hi-Mag, 26th July 2012.