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Married Women More Likely Brought to Care Homes Due To Partner's Incapacity

April 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 98

According to researchers, married women who lived with their couples were more likely to be brought and admitted to health care home facilities than their male counterparts. This may be due to the main reason that many women have husbands older than them.

The study entitled, "Gender differences in care home admission risk: Partner's age explains the higher risk of women" examined data gathered from the Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study (NILS), which they obtained from the Northern Ireland Health Card Registration System.

The system was also linked to the 2001 Census which included 20,830 men and women over the age of 65 who lived with their partners.

According to the census records, 37.8% of the study group were not living in a care facility at that time. This revealed that out of the 37.8%, 9,367 or 45% of them were women, 31 percent were already 75 years or older and 47 percent were reported to have a limiting long term illness (LLTI).

Researchers found that married women had husbands who were, on the average, 5 years older than them. Although the incidence of death and illnesses on both sexes,as age progressed, they have found that women at all ages, expect for the 85+ year group, had husbands who were sicker than them.

But in order to assess the risk of admission for married women, researchers controlled for both age and health status of the individual. This correlates to the conclusion that women had 40 percent higher chances of being admitted to care homes than their partners although when the researchers looked over their study group's partner's age, women were less likely to be admitted to care homes than their male counterparts.

Study author, Mark McCann stated:

"The higher admission risk for women in comparison to men appears to be due primarily to the differences in the age and frailty of their partners."

This research has gone some way to debunking the myth that older men do not want to care for their partners. The findings clearly show that the main reason more women are admitted to care homes is that their partners are unable to provide sufficient support.

Age differences between partners are evident in most societies so it is important that issues raised in this paper are considered in future health planning. The projected narrowing of the gap in life expectancy between men and women may mean that there are more men around to provide such support in future years.

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