DOI: 10.19830/j.upi.2019.673
Analysis on Unmet Care Needs of Community-dwelling Disabled Elderly: From the Perspective of Linkage to Spatial Resources

Wu Danxian, Gao Xiaolu

Keywords: Disabled Elderly; Long-term Care; Unmet Need; Linkage to Spatial Resources; Enabling Environment; Age-friendly Community; Decision Tree Analysis


In the process of global ageing, unmet care needs of disabled elderly has become a universal problem. For the disabled elderly with severely restricted mobility, spatial factors have an important impact on their satisfaction on the care needs, which has not got full attention in researches worldwide. From the perspective of linkage to spatial resources, this paper analyzes the unmet care needs of community-dwelling disabled elderly and explores the influencing factors. Firstly, it finds that unmet care needs of the disabled elderly are much more than the independent ones. Secondly, influencing factors includes family resources, social resources and space resources, which play important roles in satisfaction on care needs. Effective linkage to spatial resources is the key to reducing unmet needs. Therefore, it suggests creating enabling environment for the construction of future age-friendly community and better planning of care-provider organizations in China. The analysis perspective of linkage to spatial resources in this paper will enhance the traditional theories and enrich Chinese case studies for global ageing issue.


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