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The welfare state, the individual and the need for care: older people´s views
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2009 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 18, no 3, 252-259 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this qualitative study was to study how older people experience aging and reflect on their need for care in the Swedish welfare context. Sixteen people were interviewed, aged between 77 and 92 years. Staying healthy and independent in their everyday lives were prized values for the informants. Some brushed aside thoughts of being in need of home help services in the future and others had a more reflecting attitude. The informants did not want to burden either society or their children. Through mass media and the experiences of their neighbours, they had gained a negative impression of eldercare. They were uncertain if there would be any helping hand of good quality in the future. On the other hand, informants who already had home help thought that it was helping them to maintain independence in everyday life and they were also satisfied with the help they received.

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2009. Vol. 18, no 3, 252-259 p.
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welfare state, independence, older people, need for care, home help services, eldercare
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-36849DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2008.00610.xISI: 000266980200005OAI: diva2:290600
Available from: 2010-01-27 Created: 2010-01-27 Last updated: 2012-03-08Bibliographically approved

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