Home or Old Age Home: Choices in Later Life for Elderly in India

Santosh Phad, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)
Priyanka Janbandhu , International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)
Dhananjay W. Bansod, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)

Families are not ready for the care of the elderly, which is a major cause for joining Old Age Homes (OAHs). The perception of these elderly towards the Home and OAHs is studied, and the findings are supported by the 500 elderly of 22 OAHs of Pune, India. The Multi-stage Random Sampling method adopted for data collection, encompassing Stratified Random Sampling, Simple Random Sampling and Probability Proportional to Size. And the analysis part is made up of univariate and bivariate outputs. Seven out of ten elderly are left by their children, whereas 10 per cent elderly are parted from their spouse, and joined the OAHs. The children are too busy in their work and lifestyle to interact with their aged parents, consequential – the unimportant and burdened feeling among more than 55 per cent of the elderly; and they are ready to finance OAHs for the care of their parents.

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 Presented in Session 9. Marriage, Family, Households, & Unions; Gender, Race, & Ethnicity