Women, men differ on elderly care

JIJI

A majority of women prefer to receive elderly care at nursing facilities, while more men want care at their own homes, a Jiji Press survey showed Tuesday.

According to the survey, 56 percent of female respondents hope to use nursing care facilities when they become in need of help, while 33 percent want home care. By contrast, 44 percent of men prefer home care, against 41 percent who wish to be looked after at nursing facilities.

More than half of male respondents aged 60 or older said they want to receive care in their homes, while nearly half of their female counterparts hope for care at nursing homes.

The survey was conducted on 2,000 people aged 20 or above across the nation between Nov. 8 and 11.

It showed that close to two-thirds of respondents’ family members are receiving elderly care at their homes. Of the caretakers, 45 percent are 65 years of age or older.

As many as 58 percent of the caretakers are women in their families such as the wives and daughters of those in need of care.