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The Shifting Balance of Long-Term Care in Sweden
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Ageing - living conditions and health.
Göteborg University.
2002 (Swedish)In: The Gerontologist, ISSN 0016-9013, E-ISSN 1758-5341, Vol. 42, no 3, p. 350-355Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose: This study describes the Swedish debate on the role of family and state in care of elderly persons. It provides empirical evidence on the shifting balance of family, state, and market in the total panorama of elderly care. Design and Methods: Secondary analysis of older (1954) and more recent data sources (1994 and 2000) is used to assess living arrangements and care patterns for persons 75 years or older living in the community. Results: Total spending on aged adults has stagnated, and institutional care is shrinking in absolute and relative terms, but public Home Help for elders in the community is decreasing even more. Family members increasingly shoulder the bulk of care, but privately purchased care also seems to expand. This study calculates how public and informal care changed between 1994 and 2000: Informal care is estimated to have provided 60% of all care to elders in the community in 1994 and 70% in 2000. Implications: The results parallel a crisis of legitimacy of public elderly care in Sweden. They also call into question various metaphors used to describe patterns of care.

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2002. Vol. 42, no 3, p. 350-355
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-2550DOI: 10.1093/geront/42.3.350OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-2550DiVA, id: diva2:33370
Available from: 2007-10-30 Created: 2007-10-30 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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