The Influence of Caregivers’ Characteristics and Care Recipients’ Earlier Utilization on Formal Long Term Care Services Utilization in Singapore

The Influence of Caregivers’ Characteristics and Care Recipients’ Earlier Utilization on Formal Long Term Care Services Utilization in Singapore

November 2015

Long term care refers to care which is required by individuals with chronic medical conditions or permanent disabilities. It includes medical and social services which support the needs of those who cannot take care of themselves. As the fastest ageing Asian nation, Singapore expects increasing demand for formal Long Term Care (LTC) services. However, current utilization rates are relatively low compared to Western contexts. This 1-year study of care recipients and caregivers sheds light on the reasons behind the use of LTC services. 

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