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Introducing an equal rights framework for older persons in residential care

  • Håkan Jönson
  • Tove Harnett
Publiceringsår: 2016
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 800-806
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: The Gerontologist
Volym: 56
Nummer: 5
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Gerontologial Society of America

Abstract 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.


  • Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences


  • ISSN: 1758-5341
Tove Harnett: Foto: Patrik Hekkala
E-post: tove [dot] harnett [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se




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