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Health care, social care or both? A qualitative explorative study of different focuses in long-term care of older people in France, Portugal and Sweden

  • Ulla Melin Emilsson
Publiceringsår: 2009
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 419-434
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: European Journal of Social Work
Volym: 12
Nummer: 4
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Routledge Taylor & Francis

Abstract english

Challenges with an ageing population are increasingly becoming a reality in the Western world. Since cognitive impairment increases with age, we can expect an increasing number of older people in need of care. The aim of this article is to describe, analyse and compare different focuses on care of older people with dementia, using examples from France, Portugal and Sweden. The questions are principally focused on the participants' view about their tasks, the organisation of work, the professional role and cooperation with other professions. Everyday care was studied through observations and participant observations and the staff's opinion was explored by means of interviews. Twenty-two care settings for older people were included. The findings showed that France provided mainly 'health care', Sweden 'social care' and Portugal an integrated 'health care and social care'. In a comparative perspective the Portuguese general care of older people, which focuses on integration of health care, social care and social work, also seems to provide care for older people suffering from dementia which best corresponds to the previously developed group living model.


  • Social Work
  • health
  • care
  • social care
  • social work
  • dementia
  • long-term care
  • eldercare


  • ISSN: 1369-1457
Ulla Melin Emilsson
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