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Older People and Care Giving Care Giving Networks Variations by Marital Status To define what a care giving network is would be to say that it is the care for elderly persons based on how an elderly is taken care of and by whom they are given the care from So many factors affect this situation though Situations that may depend on this decision may include marital status age and what not The information at hand though is how marital status affects the decision on care for these elderly This kind of information leads to some formulated hypotheses The first of three hypotheses is the task-specificity hypothesis then the substitution hypothesis and finally supplementation It has been formed universally though that these three hypotheses have been known to play a factor in the characteristics found in marital status that have lead to the specific care giving hypothesis types The supplementation hypothesis is one that is in regards to formal care given and influenced by informal support The informal caregivers range from mediators referrals or gatekeepers to the formal system The primary care giver is taken from some sort of informal support network These support networks correspond as links between the elderly person receiving care and the formal system of care This hypothesis was taken from Andersens model of health service distribution It has been shown that more involved and influential family members are also more involved in the care giving itself Still the use of in home nursing and more formal services are rendered more than the informal care The task-specify hypothesis explains the different functions provided by family formal helpers friends in the support of providing care This hypothesis takes a look at the connection between the relationships of actors and people outside the receiver of care giving The hypothesis looks at the lifestyles the contact the connections and the relationships between the provider and the receiver This hypothesis includes a substitution principle
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