Facts about carer support
Currently the 290 municipalities in Sweden offer different types of support. Some types of support are aimed directly at the carer such as psychosocial support, carer support groups, health and well-being activities and education. Some of the services are indirect because they are provided to the cared for person such as day centres and respite care.
In most municipalities there is at least one dedicated person working as a family care adviser. Their job is to develop carer support in the municipality as a whole, co-operate with other health and social care professionals and voluntary sector around carer issues and support whilst also informing carers about the range of support available to carers and at the same time providing direct psychosocial support to carers. Direct forms of support known as carer services are often free of charge and do not need to be approved by the Needs assessor. A Needs assessor is a social services professional working in the municipality whom decides what kind of support is given to older, disabled people and/or people with long term illness. The decisions are made according to the Swedish Social Services Act. In 2009 the Swedish Social Services Act law was amended making it obligatory for the first time for municipalities to offer support to carers. As a result, carers are legally entitled to an assessment of their own needs with regards to their caring situation.
In several municipalities there are dementia nurses and/or a dementia care team that is also involved supporting carers.
How much and what kind of support there is available for carers, the rules that govern how much time and money is spent on support tends to differ in the municipalities.
More examples of support
- Being employed as a carer
- Financial benefits
- Drop-in centres for carers
- IT support
- Technical devices and adaptions