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From the state to the family and to the market? An equality perspective on eldercare services in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2012 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Eldercare services are a crucial part of the Nordic welfare model. In Sweden, public eldercare services have decreased since the 1980s, at the same time as informal care and private services bought in the market have increased. The Swedish eldercare system has moved away from its de-familialising potential and the principle of universialism, towards a partially familialistic and selective system. Informal care, in particular care provided by daughters, has increased mainly among older people with fewer resources. Although few older people buy private care services in the market, such purchases have increased among well-off groups of older people since the 1980s.

This paper analyses sources of care among older people in Sweden from 1988 to 2010, using data from the Living Conditions Survey (ULF) by Statistics Sweden. The focus of the analysis is on how different social groups of older people have been affected by the decrease in eldercare services as well as by the increase in informal care and privately purchased services. The analysis concerns social class, gender and country of origin. The paper discusses the consequences for older people and their children of these shifting boundaries of care from the perspective of the Nordic welfare model’s strive for equality.

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Social Work
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-127784OAI: diva2:911142
The REASSESS Final International Conference, Oslo, 21-22 August, 2012
Omsorg i omvandling
Available from: 2016-03-11 Created: 2016-03-11 Last updated: 2016-03-15Bibliographically approved

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