The Swedish population is getting older and more elderly will continue to be in need of
support from the community to meet their everyday lives. As the population gets older
dementia also increases the spread in the country. Because of this more people with
dementia will be in need of help in their everyday lives. This will increase the demands
on elderly care in the municipalities where they have to offer good care. As more
individuals suffering from dementia will be in need of help in their daily lives aid officers'
encounters with people suffering from dementia and their relatives or any representatives
become more common.
The study had as objective to study aid officer's reasoning on the treatment of demented
individuals in need of help. A aid officer's perspective characterizes thus the study. In the
process of analyzing the results of the study used a theoretical framework which included
theories street level bureaucracy, categorization and "nets of accountability".
To examine the aid administrator's treatment of individuals with dementia a qualitative
study was conducted in which four professional assistance officer from municipalities in
central Sweden were interviewed.
The study indicates that there is a picture of how a good treatment of demented
individuals should be designed and achieved but that there are several factors leading to
the aid administrator's treatment of demented individuals are affected. Factors that appear
to affect the hospitality is the organization's expectations, the network around the
demented person and the expectations of the individual. The study also indicates
shortcomings in the fulfillment of certain criteria that assistance officer in Sweden to
achieve. Mainly, we are then on the achievement of self-determination principle.
Keywords: Dementia, treatment, assistance officer, street level bureaucrats, selfdetermination
2012. , 44 p.