Does subsidized home care improve mental health? New evidence from the SHARE survey

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Ageing in place is a common approach in ageing policy, defined as being able to remain in the community with some level of independence, reducing the risk of residential care. In response, many countries have increased the provision of home-based care, but there is very little evidence on the impact of care at home on older people’s wellbeing. This study provides novel evidence on the causal effect of publically subsidized home-care on the mental health of older people. We use an instrumental variable approach that exploits heterogeneity in eligibility rules for public home-care in Europe. Our results show that receiving formal home-care significantly improves mental health, reducing risk-of-depression by 14 percentage points, as well as reducing loneliness and improving quality of life. Our results have important public policy implications and support calls for more inclusive eligibility criteria for home-based LTC.
Period15 Oct 2019
Event titleCLS/KCL joint seminars on Health, Life course and Ageing
Event typeSeminar
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational