Client satisfaction with live-in and live-out home care workers in Israel

Esther Iecovich

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In an era of globalization where the migration of longterm care workers is common, foreign live-in home care workers can compensate for the unavailability of family members and, perhaps, even substitute for institutional care in the provision of long-term care services to disabled older persons. This study examines differences in home care satisfaction between disabled older persons in Israel with "live-in" home care workers and those with "live-out" workers, and explores some differences in sociodemographic and personal characteristics between these two groups. Face-to-face interviews were held with a random sample of 93 older persons in Beer-Sheva. Older persons with live-in home care workers were more satisfied with their home care service than those with live-out workers. Those with live-in workers were more severely disabled, tended not to have any children living in close proximity, although an adult child was available as an informal caregiver. Communication difficulties between the elderly persons and their home care workers were found not to affect negatively the satisfaction with the service.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-122
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Aging and Social Policy
Issue number4
StatePublished - 16 Oct 2007


  • Client satisfaction
  • Developing nations
  • Home care
  • Home care workers
  • Israel
  • Migrants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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