2012 Conference Presentation
This presentation shows the results of the life satisfaction analysis. Ideally we would use internationally comparable information on the social care related quality of life to determine what LTC systems can add to the quality of life in different countries. Since these data are not available, we use information from SHARE on the life satisfaction of persons with and without limitations as a proxy.
The underlying notion is that having limitations is likely to have a negative impact on a person’s life satisfaction, but this negative impact can be mitigated by receiving appropriate help and support and by receiving this help in a way that protects the quality of life. In presentation 1, differences among countries in receiving help are shown.
In this presentation we see this help as given and use receiving help as one of the explanatory variables for the life satisfaction, together with socio-economic characteristics, health and limitations, the country of residence and a general impact of the LTC system in a country. Part of the impact of the LTC system on life satisfaction is already included through the probability of getting help, but there are other aspects of the LTC system that may be relevant as well. The way in which the help is given may affect wider aspects of well-being, such as autonomy and dignity.
To compare life satisfaction across countries and persons with and without limitations in a meaningful way, we correct for response scale differences by using the anchoring vignettes included in SHARE. Based on this analysis we draw conclusions on the performance of LTC systems in different countries regarding the experience of users. We find that the impact of the LTC system on the life satisfaction of residents differs between countries.