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Support for Carers of Older People: the Roles of the Public and Voluntary Sectors in Sweden
Ersta Sköndal högskola, Enheten för forskning om det civila samhället.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9702-2043
2003 (English)In: Social Policy & Administration, ISSN 0144-5596, E-ISSN 1467-9515, Vol. 37, no 7, p. 756-771Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines the support services offered to informal caregivers, whether directly or indirectly, in Sweden over the period of a special investment initiative between 1999 and 2001. Data were collected in a Swedish county using two separate mail questionnaires in 1999 and 2001. The first questionnaire was addressed to each municipality in the region. The second questionnaire was sent to a random sample of voluntary organizations in the area. The findings showed that only the municipalities provided direct forms of relief service, day care and financial support. The voluntary organizations’ support for carers focused on support groups and training as well as services for older care users themselves. There was a significant increase between 1999 and 2001 in the number of municipalities providing information material and training for carers and using professional caregiver consultants. On the one hand, the Swedish public social care system appears to be following the international pattern in paying more attention to informal caregivers and investing in support services for them. On the other hand the findings did not show any growth in support provided by the voluntary organizations. Here Swedish welfare is dissimilar to other European countries, where it is increasingly common for voluntary organizations to play an important role as providers of support for carers.

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2003. Vol. 37, no 7, p. 756-771
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-39509DOI: 10.1046/j.1467-9515.2003.00370.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-39509DiVA, id: diva2:1209559
Available from: 2010-05-27 Created: 2018-05-23Bibliographically approved

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