Objectives: This study identified changes of the needs of long-term care (LTC) services, and their associated factors among the recipients of LTC insurance in South Korea. Methods: We analyzed of LTC Insurance data and the logistic regression analysis was used. The changes of LTC needs were measured by grades of LTC services. Variables of interest included socioeconomic characteristics, health status (e.g. Chronic diseases, disability), types of services, characteristics of long-term care facilities, and so on. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval number is 10141493-E-2019-01. Results: The changes of care needs were more popular in the recipients of Home care services than facility services. Besides, numbers of Registered Nurses (RNs) and personal careers were influential factors on health improvements of the older people. As for the general characteristics of older people, sex and the age of over 90 were not associated with the changes. The people who had brain lesions or stokes had a high possibility of changes of care needs in a positive way. Conclusions: Aging in place is known as a good way to keep the ability of older people. We identified Aging in place is an important factor to older people’s health. Besides, care staffs are also important factors to improve the health status. In the LTC services, we should focus on the high-quality Homecare services and retention of adequate care staffs. These can make improvements of older people’s health and sustainability of the LTC system.
Hyo Young Lee, Dongseo University, South Korea
Young-ran Chin, Chungwoon University, South Korea