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Valfrihet för äldre: En kvalitativ studie om implementeringen av ett valfrihetssystem och dess förväntade effekter i en utvald kommun
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Freedom of choice for older people : a quality study about implementation of a freedom of choice system and the expected challenges in a chosen municipality (English)
Abstract [en]

I have conducted a qualitative study were the aim was to understand how the freedom of choice act in eldercare is handled at a municipality level as well as a national level and the effects that can occur. The methods I have used for this study is a document analysis and semi-structed interviews.

     I have conducted semi-structed interviews with three professionals in the eldercare organization in a large municipality in the south of Sweden, I have also conducted a phone interview with a representative from Socialstyrelsen. The professionals that I chose for my study was a chief of staff, an aid case worker and a person who worked in the municipality with the implementation of freedom of choice act.

     The study shows that the work quality is expected to rise with the freedom of choice as a consequence of the customer and performer model and will give the caretakers a higher level of influence. The study also shows that the municipality will get a greater responsibility and the aid case workers will get extended tasks though they will have to inform the caretakers regarding the options and they will also be mediate between the caretaker and the performers. However the study also show concerns regarding rough traders whose aim is to make money and does not have the same rehabilitation agenda.

     There are also concerns for those who can´t chose for them self though they will not be able to be a part of the freedom of choice act in the same way and that is something the municipality needs to work out a system for. The empirical work have been analyzed through a content analysis and through the theoretical concept “from government to governance”, empowerment, freedom of choice and advocacy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 44 p.
Keyword [sv]
äldreomsorg, omsorgstagare, valfrihet, kvalitet, empowerment, inflytande
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-27042OAI: diva2:632320
Subject / course
Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
Available from: 2013-07-01 Created: 2013-06-24 Last updated: 2013-07-01Bibliographically approved

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