“What influences older adults’ preferences for care?,” MedicalPress
“The researchers found that support from family was the most important influence on care preferences for older adults. But people also usually formed their preferences based on a variety of factors. They also discovered that it was unusual for older adults to know their care preferences or to have a clear understanding of how they formed their preferences.
“The key findings of this study were:
- The level of support from families was the most important influence on care preferences. Often, older adults changed their preferences based on the concerns of family members or a wish to avoid ‘being a burden’ to others. This was especially true for preferences regarding the places where people wished to receive care (for example, at home versus in a healthcare facility).
- Older adults’ experiences of previous illness and of caring for others also influenced preferences about their own future care.
- Being more seriously ill strongly influenced care preferences, especially for older adults who were aware that they were unwell.”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform): Interesting that not being a burden on others and prior care-giving experience influence type-of-care preferences. Having LTCI would ameliorate both concerns and keep all options open.