Nursing and care services 2016

Statistics on services and recipients

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The number of recipients of nursing and care services increased by around 16 per cent in the period 2007-2016. During 2016, there were 355 635 unique recipients of nursing and care services, or 6.7 per cent of the Norwegian population. By comparison, there were 306 919 recipients during the year in 2007, or 6.5 percent of the Norwegian population. The number of recipients and the proportion of the population receiving services increase with age. In the age group 65-79 years, 12.6 per cent of the population received nursing and care services. Among 80-89 year olds more than half are users of such services, while among those 90 years and older more than 90 per cent received one or more services.

2 of 5 recipients of nursing and care services are men, and every fourth recipient is below 50 years. During 2016 59 per cent of the recipients were women. The proportion of men who receive services is increasing, which is mostly due to increasing male life expectancy. The most significant differences in proportions of male and female recipients are to be found among those 80 years and older while there are only minor differences in the age group 18 to 66. 215 300 people aged 67 years and older received nursing and care services in 2016.

Many recipients receive more than one service simultaneously during the year and the same kind of service can also be received multiple times. In total, recipients received 805 570 services during 2016. Most of the services are received by those in the age group 67 years and over.

Close to 2 of 10 recipients (18 per cent) live in an institution or a home with personnel 24 hours a day. 1 of 10 lives in another dwelling that the municipality provides, and some of these residences have limited personnel. However, the vast majority of recipients of nursing and care services, seven of ten, live in ordinary community housing. Every fourth recipient with extensive need for assistance lives in ordinary community housing. Among recipients with long term stays in institutions only 1 per cent is younger than 50 years, while 75 per cent are 80 years or older.

Recipients over 90 years have the greatest needs for assistance. Among them, 34 percent have extensive needs for assistance. Recipients 0-17 years old have the second largest proportion of recipients with extensive needs, namely 29 per cent. By comparison, the proportion of extensive needs for assistance varies from 17 to 24 per cent in the other age groups.

By the end of 2016, 50 percent of all recipients of nursing and care services also received some form of unpaid private help, an increase of five percentage points since 2015.

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