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Håkan Jönson

Håkan Jönson

Professor

Håkan Jönson

Introducing an equal rights framework for older persons in residential care

Författare

  • Håkan Jönson
  • Tove Harnett

Summary, in English

This article reconceptualizes residential care for older persons by introducing a framework developed from a rights-based principle of disability policies, the normalization principle. This principle is part of the social model and states that society should make available for people who have impairments living conditions that are as close as possible to those of “others.” Using the framework on the case of eldercare in Sweden shows that although disability policies have used people without impairments as a comparative (external) reference group for claiming rights, eldercare policies use internal reference groups, basing comparisons on other care users. The article highlights the need for external comparisons in eldercare and suggests that the third age, which so far has been a normative reference group for older people, could be a comparative reference group when older persons in need of care claim rights to equal conditions.

Avdelning/ar

  • Socialhögskolan

Publiceringsår

2016

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

800-806

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

The Gerontologist

Volym

56

Issue

5

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Oxford University Press

Ämne

  • Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences

Status

Published

Projekt

  • Improving everyday conditions by reconceptualising elder care through the lense of disability policies

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 1758-5341