Care for disabled people in Sweden

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Care for disabled people in Sweden study tour

Sweden has a tradition of offering good community care to disabled and handicapped people. Most of Sweden’s disabled persons live in private homes and very few in institutions. In order to enable disabled people to remain in their own homes, home adaptations are part of delivering important community care.

Current status of people with disabilities in Sweden
Swedish organizations for people with disabilities have been influencing policymaking for over 50 years. Most of these organisations belong to the Swedish Disability Federation, an umbrella body designed to influence official policy. The Federation is an active member of the European Disability Forum (EDF), an independent NGO that represents the interests of 80 million Europeans with disabilities.

For people requiring specialists care and services, municipalities offer the actual care services and they are often of the arranged as group living where different levels of assistance are offered. These are managed either directly by the municipalities or by private care companies.


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Overview of care for disabled people study tour

This study tour presents the Swedish model and includes visits to several interesting health care and service centres. It also includes discussions on issues such as meaningful occupation, employer’s responsibilities, needs assessment, allowances and community resources. Various types of technical aids and care services will be presented in this study visit. Explore various aspects of the study tour below. 


It aims at giving the participants an understanding of how care for disabled people is organized and managed in Sweden. It demonstrates the Swedish experience with care for disabled people social services, policy and its implementation as well as issues and challenges. It is meant to provide basics facts about the Swedish model as well as give inspiration to participants who can make their own reflections.

Program details

These vary and are adapted to client interests, demands and priorities. However, typical subject areas include:

  • Presentation of Sweden’s care for disabled people model
  • Overview of national and organizations and laws and international co-operation for care for disabled people
  • Visit to a technical aid company
  • Visit to rehabilitation centre of handicapped
  • Visit to Group Living for disabled/handicapped
  • Design of houses, aids and home adaptation for quality living
  • Requirements on the community and public buildings in order to facilitate for disabled persons
  • Organization of home services and transport services for disabled
  • Moving and handling disabled persons
  • Organization of rehabilitation centers


These vary and are adapted to client interests, demands and priorities. However, typical tours include meetings and visits held at the most relevant institutions providing care services for disabled persons.

  • Language: English. An interpreter can be provided upon request.
  • Theoretical elements include lectures, discussions and group interactions
  • Practical studies include point-of-service or care visits, real data and actual scenarios, etc.

Who should attend?

Managers with full or partial responsibility for the care disabled and handicapped citizens in private and/or public health care organizations. Typically:

  • Head of Institutions
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Building constructors with interest for disabled
  • National health care policy makers
  • Social welfare department managers


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