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Study TitleOlder people at home in Melbourne and Adelaide, 1981
Primary InvestigatorCalder, R. Rundle, L. Millwood, J. E. Stuart, A. T.
ADA IDau.edu.anu.ada.ddi.00336
AbstractThe rationale of the survey was to collect detailed information which would assist governmental and non-governmental agencies responsible for the planning and delivery of support services to older people living at home and to people involved in their care. The survey provides basic information on the physical, social and economic circumstances of older people living at home, and includes significant additional information on persons caring for handicapped older people at home. The survey comprised three questionnaires: a Household Form, a Personal Questionnaire and, a Carer's Questionnaire. The Household Form (cards 1-3 of file A) provides details of household and family composition. The Personal Questionnaire (cards 4-14 of file A) contains information including: the extent to which support services are available to, and used by them; the extent of family and neighbourhood support available; the level of satisfaction with existing services, and whether services are being provided to those most in need, according to health, financial and social circumstances; community support services considered to be both necessary and desirable to assist them to maintain an active and independent life; priority placed on particular forms of assistance; lifestyle; and, the extent of integration within the community and whether they wished to be more actively involved in community activities. The Carers' Questionnaire (file B) contains information including: community services available to and those used by the person in their care; services needed in community to assist elderly; satisfaction with providing care; effect on lifestyle; and, financial assistance for and needs of people providing care. Data not available on Nesstar. Please contact archive staff at ada@anu.edu.au if you wish to access these data.
Production Date (documentation)1985-03-19
Bibliographic CitationCalder, R., et al. Older people at home in Melbourne and Adelaide, 1981 [computer file]. Canberra: Australian Data Archive, The Australian National University, .
CopyrightCopyright © 2005, Australian Council on the Ageing and Australian Department of Social Security. All rights reserved.
ContactAustralian Council on the Ageing 1st Floor, 449 Swanston St Melbourne VIC 3000;Australian Department of Social Security Julianna House Woden, A.C.T., 2606
Contact AffiliationAustralian Council on the Ageing;Australian Department of Social Security
Study Scope Content
Topic ClassificationsAustralian studies;Social welfare;Specific social services
KeywordsAged;Attitudes;Community involvement;Disabilities;Emotions;Everyday life;Family;Health;Health treatment;Housing;Housing finance;Human relations;Leisure;Living standards;Occupations;Retirement;Social conditions;Social welfare;Telephone;Transport
Population (Universe)File A: persons aged 60 or older living in private dwellings in the Melbourne and Adelaide statistical divisions and who are the usual residents of the selected File B: persons who provide needed assistance with the main household tasks to a handicapped older person
Date of Collection
Start date - Data Collection: 1981-05-13 End date - Data Collection: 1981-05-13
Time Period
Time Period - Start: 1981-05-13 Time Period - End: 1981-05-13
Methodology Content
Sampling Proceduremulti-stage area sample A sample requirement of 1500 persons in Melbourne and 900 in Adelaide was determined, with an anticipated non-response rate of 20%. Four stages of sampling were required: (i) LGAs selected with probability proportional to the number of dwellings in the LGA (ii) CDs selected within LGAs with probability proportional to the number of dwellings in the CD (iii) dwellings within a CD selected with equal probability, and (iv) only one aged person selected from each dwelling. Stages (i) and (ii) were performed by the ABS. For ease of interviewing, dwellings were clustered prior to selection. Stage (iii) therefore required the following procedures: a. locating all dwellings in each CD b. dividing CDs into blocks with a specified minimum number of dwellings in each block c. proportional selection of blocks d. randomly selecting dwellings in each block. This last task was performed by the interviewers, who randomly selected starting points in each block and, using a randomly selected skip interval, went to 68 dwellings in each block. Whenever an in-scope dwelling was found on the data collection process was conducted (see "Method of Data Collection" below). In the case of the carers, selection was based on two questions in the main survey i.e. first, whether the respondent had reported self-care or mobility handicap, and second, whether any "needed assistance" was provided by a relative or friend. The interviewer then selected such identified carers and completed a carer's schedule.
Data Kindsurvey
Data Access Content
Access ConditionsThe depositor wishes to be informed of use being made of the data, in order to comment on that use and make contact with colleagues of similar interests.
Deposit Information Content
DepositorAustralian Council on the Ageing 1st Floor, 449 Swanston St Melbourne VIC 3000;Australian Department of Social Security Julianna House Woden, A.C.T., 2606
Deposit Date1985-03-19
Other Content
Mode of Data Collectionpersonal interview Dwelling details were collected for all households contacted. Once an in-scope household was found, a person was randomly selected from all usual residents aged 60+ and an interview was sought. If the respondent had a carer, then arrangements were made for a carer interview also.
CommentThe rationale of the survey was to collect detailed information which would assist governmental and non-governmental agencies responsible for the planning and delivery of support services to older people living at home and to people involved in their care. The survey provides basic information on the physical, social and economic circumstances of older people living at home, and includes significant additional information on persons caring for handicapped older people at home. The survey comprised three questionnaires: a Household Form, a Personal Questionnaire and, a Carer's Questionnaire. The Household Form (cards 1-3 of file A) provides details of household and family composition. The Personal Questionnaire (cards 4-14 of file A) contains information including: the extent to which support services are available to, and used by them; the extent of family and neighbourhood support available; the level of satisfaction with existing services, and whether services are being provided to those most in need, according to health, financial and social circumstances; community support services considered to be both necessary and desirable to assist them to maintain an active and independent life; priority placed on particular forms of assistance; lifestyle; and, the extent of integration within the community and whether they wished to be more actively involved in community activities. The Carers' Questionnaire (file B) contains information including: community services available to and those used by the person in their care; services needed in community to assist elderly; satisfaction with providing care; effect on lifestyle; and, financial assistance for and needs of people providing care. Data not available on Nesstar. Please contact archive staff at ada@anu.edu.au if you wish to access these data.
Study Creation Date2011-04-18 17:47:16 UTC
Bibliographic Citation (documentation)Calder, R., et al. Older people at home in Melbourne and Adelaide, 1981 [computer file]. Canberra: Australian Data Archive, The Australian National University, .
Copyright (documentation)Copyright © 2005, The Australian National University. All rights reserved.
Producer (documentation)Australian Data Archive
Title (documentation)Older people at home in Melbourne and Adelaide, 1981
Weightingweighting criteria The sample selection procedure ensured an equal probability of selection for each selected dwelling, however the final selection of one respondent within each dwelling requires some adjustment to the sample yield. The appropriate adjustment is made by weighting the data in both files according to the number of persons over 60 in each dwelling through the use of the variable NOPERS60. weighting procedures The Melbourne and Adelaide data are separate independent samples comprising 0.35% and 0.70% respectively of the non-institutionalised 60+ population in those two cities. While population estimates are therefore best made with respect to each city separately, detailed consideration of many issues would benefit greatly from the aggregation of data from the two cities. One approach entails a simple addition of the weighted data from the two cities. However, in some instances that procedure might be regarded as giving undue weight to the Adelaide data. Another approach is to adjust the proportionate share of the aggregate data in accordance with the size of the non-institutionalised 60+ population in those cities. The first approach requires the use of the sample weighting variable NOPERS60, while the second approach requires the use of the composite sample weighting variable SAMPLEWT. Both NOPERS60 and SAMPLEWT are created variables. NOPERS60 was created on the basis of the age variables for each resident in the household. Separate weighting is given to each city (Melbourne = 1.285, Adelaide = 0.635) under the variable name WTCITY, and SAMPLEWT was calculated as NOPERS60*WTCITY.
ADA IDau.edu.anu.ada.ddi.00336
LabelOlder people at home in Melbourne and Adelaide, 1981
Languageen
Production Date2005-01-31
Time Methodcross-sectional (one-time) study
Weightingweighting criteria The sample selection procedure ensured an equal probability of selection for each selected dwelling, however the final selection of one respondent within each dwelling requires some adjustment to the sample yield. The appropriate adjustment is made by weighting the data in both files according to the number of persons over 60 in each dwelling through the use of the variable NOPERS60. weighting procedures The Melbourne and Adelaide data are separate independent samples comprising 0.35% and 0.70% respectively of the non-institutionalised 60+ population in those two cities. While population estimates are therefore best made with respect to each city separately, detailed consideration of many issues would benefit greatly from the aggregation of data from the two cities. One approach entails a simple addition of the weighted data from the two cities. However, in some instances that procedure might be regarded as giving undue weight to the Adelaide data. Another approach is to adjust the proportionate share of the aggregate data in accordance with the size of the non-institutionalised 60+ population in those cities. The first approach requires the use of the sample weighting variable NOPERS60, while the second approach requires the use of the composite sample weighting variable SAMPLEWT. Both NOPERS60 and SAMPLEWT are created variables. NOPERS60 was created on the basis of the age variables for each resident in the household. Separate weighting is given to each city (Melbourne = 1.285, Adelaide = 0.635) under the variable name WTCITY, and SAMPLEWT was calculated as NOPERS60*WTCITY.

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