Support setting is the primary setting where the client receives services. Expenditure and activity data collect information regarding support setting using different categories. The main difference is for the community care setting. Expenditure data is captured using a mixture of delivery mechanism and support setting, whereas activity data is captured by delivery mechanism only, and so comparisons regarding support setting are limited between the two data sources, and discussion of the two collections has been separated in this section.
Use of hierarchies in support setting
An individual may receive care in multiple support settings throughout the year. To avoid double counting a hierarchy is used to ensure counts of those receiving support in the year are not duplicated.
An individual can only be counted under one setting in the hierarchy – for example if an individual received both residential and nursing care in the year, they would be counted under nursing care only.
For the purposes of this section therefore, analysis on support setting will focus instead on those receiving services at the end of the year. This provides a snap shot figure of the number of people in each support setting at year end.
Data on the support settings for those receiving care in the year can be found in the reference tables accompanying this report.
In both age groups, clients who were receiving long term support at the end of the year were most commonly in receipt of community care (83.7% of those aged 18 to 64 and 60.7% of those aged 65 and over).
Figure 15: Number of clients accessing long term support at the end of the year, by support setting and age group, 2018-19