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Planning for future care needs: experiences of unmarried heterosexual and sexual minority women.
Women Health. 2010 Oct; 50(7):599-617.WH

Abstract

This study examined the experiences of legally unmarried, middle-aged and older sexual minority (e.g., lesbian, bisexual) and heterosexual women in planning for future care needs and long-term assistance. A total of 215 women (90 sexual minority women and 125 heterosexual women) 41-78 years of age completed a survey about long-term care planning strategies, including: (1) executing a will; (2) naming a health care proxy; (3) purchasing long-term care insurance; and (4) discussing potential living arrangements with at least one family member. Overall, 18.5% of women reported completing zero of the strategies, and 3.4% reported completing all four. Over half (59%) had completed at least two strategies. Women were most likely to have executed a will (68%) and named a health care proxy (61%). Both sexual minority women and heterosexual women were most likely to have talked to a family member of choice, rather than a biological family member about living with them if they were unable to care for themselves. Currently, serving as a health care proxy was an important correlate for having made long-term care plans and was particularly important for sexual minority women. Women who are not in traditional marriage relationships tend to adopt long-term care planning strategies that legally clarify and establish the nature of their important relationships.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Community Health, Brown University, Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Providence, Rhode Island 02912, USA. melissa_clark@brown.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21104565

Citation

Clark, Melissa A., et al. "Planning for Future Care Needs: Experiences of Unmarried Heterosexual and Sexual Minority Women." Women & Health, vol. 50, no. 7, 2010, pp. 599-617.
Clark MA, Boehmer U, Rogers ML, et al. Planning for future care needs: experiences of unmarried heterosexual and sexual minority women. Women Health. 2010;50(7):599-617.
Clark, M. A., Boehmer, U., Rogers, M. L., & Sullivan, M. (2010). Planning for future care needs: experiences of unmarried heterosexual and sexual minority women. Women & Health, 50(7), 599-617. https://doi.org/10.1080/03630242.2010.522476
Clark MA, et al. Planning for Future Care Needs: Experiences of Unmarried Heterosexual and Sexual Minority Women. Women Health. 2010;50(7):599-617. PubMed PMID: 21104565.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Planning for future care needs: experiences of unmarried heterosexual and sexual minority women. AU - Clark,Melissa A, AU - Boehmer,Ulrike, AU - Rogers,Michelle L, AU - Sullivan,Mairead, PY - 2010/11/25/entrez PY - 2010/11/26/pubmed PY - 2011/1/5/medline SP - 599 EP - 617 JF - Women & health JO - Women Health VL - 50 IS - 7 N2 - This study examined the experiences of legally unmarried, middle-aged and older sexual minority (e.g., lesbian, bisexual) and heterosexual women in planning for future care needs and long-term assistance. A total of 215 women (90 sexual minority women and 125 heterosexual women) 41-78 years of age completed a survey about long-term care planning strategies, including: (1) executing a will; (2) naming a health care proxy; (3) purchasing long-term care insurance; and (4) discussing potential living arrangements with at least one family member. Overall, 18.5% of women reported completing zero of the strategies, and 3.4% reported completing all four. Over half (59%) had completed at least two strategies. Women were most likely to have executed a will (68%) and named a health care proxy (61%). Both sexual minority women and heterosexual women were most likely to have talked to a family member of choice, rather than a biological family member about living with them if they were unable to care for themselves. Currently, serving as a health care proxy was an important correlate for having made long-term care plans and was particularly important for sexual minority women. Women who are not in traditional marriage relationships tend to adopt long-term care planning strategies that legally clarify and establish the nature of their important relationships. SN - 1541-0331 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21104565/Planning_for_future_care_needs:_experiences_of_unmarried_heterosexual_and_sexual_minority_women_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03630242.2010.522476 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -