Research Article

Supporting elderly dependent people at home.

BMJ 1992; 304 doi: (Published 16 May 1992) Cite this as: BMJ 1992;304:1290
  1. N. J. Vetter,
  2. P. A. Lewis,
  3. L. Llewellyn
  1. University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff.


    OBJECTIVE--To clarify the relation between the dependency of elderly people and the assistance they receive from others by using a detailed but simple measure of dependency. DESIGN--Secondary analysis of data from a survey of people aged 70 and over. SETTING--Two general practices in south Wales. SUBJECTS--1280 people aged 70 and over. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES--Dependency on others to perform essential functions; detailed data on who assists with those functions. RESULTS--Increasing dependency was associated with increased use of more than one member of the family or friends and an increase in the provision of statutory services. CONCLUSION--The complexity of the relation between dependency and those who care for dependent people has previously been underestimated. The presence of providers of statutory services at the household of elderly dependent people suggests that these services can be developed further to help those caring for elderly people at home.