Research Article

Formal and informal support received by carers of elderly dependents.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 291 doi: (Published 07 September 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;291:643
  1. D A Jones,
  2. N J Vetter


    This study describes the activity of informal carers who look after elderly dependents and particularly investigates the role of formal services in supporting these carers in maintaining dependent, elderly people in the community. The results lend no support to the view that families neglect their elderly relatives or that community services displace the role of informal carers, but rather suggest that carers support elderly dependents at great cost to themselves and with inadequate support from community services.