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The care of older people in Sweden

Christina Hjorth Aronsson

in Care, community and citizenship

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348715
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301608 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348715.003.0015
The care of older people in Sweden

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This chapter explains how a care discourse was elaborated within the Swedish welfare state with universal rights for the care of citizens. It focuses on the care of older people, a matter of social and political importance because of the ageing population and the complex difficulties within welfare of balancing services and expenditure. The social care discourse of the Swedish model evolved in an era of universal welfare solutions distributed by the public sector, with the state as the conductor and the municipalities determining and distributing services as the providers. Legally, questions concerning older people came under the Poor Laws, a situation that persisted until the Social Services Act came into force in 1980. Since then, service is the overall terminology for the satisfaction of social and personal needs, services, and care.

Keywords: welfare state; universal rights; Social Services Act; social policy

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