A1 Journal article (refereed)
Care poverty : unmet care needs in a Nordic welfare state (2019)

Kröger, T., Puthenparambil, J. M., & Aerschot, L. V. (2019). Care poverty : unmet care needs in a Nordic welfare state. International Journal of Care and Caring, 3(4), 485-500. https://doi.org/10.1332/239788219X15641291564296

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All authors or editors: Kröger, Teppo; Puthenparambil, Jiby Mathew; Aerschot, Lina Van

Journal or series: International Journal of Care and Caring

ISSN: 2397-8821

eISSN: 2397-883X

Publication year: 2019

Volume: 3

Issue number: 4

Pages range: 485-500

Publisher: Policy Press

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1332/239788219X15641291564296

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/65704


This article introduces the concept of care poverty, defined as inadequate coverage of care needs resulting from an interplay between individual and societal factors, and examines its level and predictors among the 75+ population in Finland. The data come from a survey conducted in 2010 and 2015. Despite the universalistic goals of the Finnish care system, 26 percent of respondents with limitations in daily activities faced care poverty with regard to instrumental activities of daily living; the activities of daily living care poverty rate was 17 percent. Concerning instrumental activities of daily living, care poverty was associated with income level, health status and living arrangements, while such connections were not found for personal care (activities of daily living).

Keywords: older people; services for older people; care services; need for help

Free keywords: older people; care for older people; care poverty; unmet needs; Finland

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Reporting Year: 2019

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