Next-of-kin in Swedish elder care policy – problem representations and outcomes
2008 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
The starting point of this paper is that widely available elder care services of good quality are seen as an essential support for family carers, which has made it possible especially for daughters of frail older people to combine family care and paid labour.
The aim of the paper is to analyze problem representations and outcomes of Swedish elder care policy concerning the next-of-kin of older people. How are next-of-kin and their role in elder care described in policy documents? And what outcomes (in terms of policy proposals as well as coverage of care services and payments for family care) are associated with different descriptions? The materials analyzed are Government Bills on eldercare from 1957 to 2006.
The analysis indicates that it has been uncommon in Swedish elder care policy to regard public elder care services as important for next-of-kin. During the expansion period (1950s to 1970s) of the public care services, their needs were hardly mentioned. The expansion was motivated only in relation to the needs of older people. From the 1980s onward, the Government has stressed the need of public support for family carers and has taken several measures to improve their situation. However, public elder care services as well as financial support to family carers have decreased during the same period, and it was still uncommon to regard public care as a form of support for family carers.
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Research subject Social Work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-127785OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-127785DiVA: diva2:911143
Transforming Elderly Care Conference, Copenhagen, 26-28 June 2008