This intensive study tour combines theoretical classroom lectures, visits to elderly care facilities and study trips of elderly care services as well as being immersed in the cultural aspects of elderly care in Sweden. All of the study tour details — i.e. topics, facilities visited, lecturers, dates and accommodations — will be fully customized to suit the interests and needs of your international healthcare professional group.
Since the 1940s the country of Sweden has been facing the challenge of providing high-quality elderly care to an aging population. In recent years the number of elderly people in Sweden has risen substantially, with the greatest rise in the age group 80 years and older. Today, according to recent data from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 18 percent of Swedish citizens are aged 65 or more. This gives Sweden the world’s second oldest population.
Following national reforms in 1992 aimed at transferring responsibility for long-term care from governmental councils to local municipalities, care of the elderly and disabled has undergone major organizational changes in Sweden. As governmental funding has been reduced in recent years, away-from-hospital and home care have become increasingly important in Sweden. Yet today, Sweden still spends more than any other OECD member on long-term care for the elderly and disabled.
The study tour is designed for people working in the eldercare sector such as:
The program will be adapted to suit the needs and requirements of each individual group of participants.
The objective of the study tour is to give an introduction to the Swedish health and welfare system with particular focus on the system for eldercare in Sweden. Participants will gain insight into the financing and organisation of eldercare as well as how eldercare is carried out in Sweden.
The program will consist of lectures, interactive discussions and study visits to several elderly care facilities in Sweden. There will be local speakers scheduled during the week.
For elderly who need long-term care, many of which requiring extensive special care. Many suffer from senile dementia and cardiovascular diseases. A broad range of services is provided, including those for specific types of care or treatment.
Available for those unable to live by themselves. Tenants may bring their own furniture and are provided meals and other services at a monthly fee that is income related.
Day care centers
Function as a meeting place where the elderly can gather for meals, group activities, or occupational therapy.
Geriatric wards and rehabilitation centers
Many elderly people need a higher level of care and rehabilitation than can be offered at home. These wards and centers are often linked to general hospitals.