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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

Melin Emilsson, Ulla LU (2009) In European Journal of Social Work 12(4). p.419-434
Abstract
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... (More)
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. (Less)
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health, care, social care, social work, dementia, long-term care, eldercare
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European Journal of Social Work
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12
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419 - 434
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Routledge Taylor & Francis
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1369-1457
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10.1080/13691450902981467
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  abstract     = {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.},
  author       = {Melin Emilsson, Ulla},
  issn         = {1369-1457},
  keyword      = {health,care,social care,social work,dementia,long-term care,eldercare},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {419--434},
  publisher    = {Routledge Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {European Journal of Social Work},
  title        = {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},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691450902981467},
  volume       = {12},
  year         = {2009},
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