Paid informal care within Swedish eldercare: prevalence, change and variation among Swedish municipalities 2006–2016
- Murofushi, Satsuki
- Paid informal care within Swedish eldercare: prevalence, change and variation among Swedish municipalities 2006–2016
- European Journal of Social Work
This study analysed the prevalence of, change and variation in paid informal care as a policy strategy within Swedish municipal eldercare (n = 165) in 2006 and 2016. The results showed that the share of municipalities with this policy has declined since 2006, with just over half of the municipalities offering paid informal care in 2016. Among these municipalities, the practical use of this policy was limited in comparison to ordinary home-care services. Efforts to explain why some municipalities were more likely to have a system of paid informal care than others, were only partially successful, only identifyinga few significant municipal factors that together explained a limited share of the variation among the municipalities. The results raise questions relating to the way these policies are understood/used by municipalities and how older people and their informal caregivers are affected by the way in which the question of paid informal care is handled at the local level.