Table 2

Distribution of statistically significant variables among movers into sheltered accommodation and non-movers (bivariate analysis)

Percentage of moversPercentage of non-movers
Age group
 90 and over4.61.5
Marital status
 Married or living with spouse29.757.2
 Divorced or separated4.65.3
 Single never married8.66
Household type
 Living with others29.763.6
 Living alone70.336.4
 South of England37.722.5
 Rest of England and Channel Islands44.649.4
 No qualifications6852.7
 None of mentioned or O/A levels1624.8
 Degree, teaching, nursing or other higher qualification1622.4
Washing machine
Housing tenure
 Own outright18.966.3
 Own with mortgage1.76.3
 Rented from Local Authority or Housing Association74.322.8
 Rented privately5.14.6
Access to car
 Do not drive32.622.2
Receipt of income support
Receipt of attendance allowance
Household income quintile
 First quintile (richest)34.323.3
 Second quintile2823.2
 Third quintile12.615.5
 Fourth quintile9.710.6
 Fifth quintile (poorest)5.78.4
GHQ score
Change in GHQ between t0 and t1
 Score decreased17.113.1
Use of health visitor
Use of home help
Use of meals on wheels
Use of social worker
Change in health visitor
 Started use15.46.6
Visits to GP in past 12 months
  • Source: BHPS, 1993–2008, authors’ calculations, N=23 589 (175 movers, 23 414 non-movers).

  • Note: categories of missing responses were included in the analysis but are not shown above. All variables measured at t0 unless otherwise stated.

  • BHPS, British Household Panel Survey; GHQ, General Health Questionnaire; GP, general practitioner.