Elderly care home stay services provided in Sweden

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Elderly care in Sweden study tour

Life expectancy in Sweden is about 83 years for women and 79 for men — highest in the world after Japan. Many elderly people in Sweden are in good health and lead active lives. Often, elderly care is about finding the best solution to be able to keep leading active lives.

Most elderly choose to stay in their own home, where they can get access to public support, including home meal delivery, help with cleaning and shopping, transportation service, as well as social and health care when needed. Should their health deteriorate with age, there is also special housing with around-the-clock care.

Most of the elderly care is provided by municipalities, some by private operators. All of which makes Swedish elderly care and social healthcare models highly interesting study subjects for care professionals and officials in other countries. Especially those in countries with aging populations are that are looking to improve the quality of social healthcare. 

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.


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Overview of Elderly care in Sweden study tour

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.


Who should attend

The study tour is designed for people working in the eldercare sector such as:

  • Care managers 
  • Care workers
  • Students 
  • Policy & decision makers 
  • Teachers

The program will be adapted to suit the needs and requirements of each individual group of participants.


  • The legal framework for the social welfare services organization in Sweden
  • The practices of the social services (models and typologies for elders)
  • Evaluating eldercare quality, defining and tracking key indicators to support continuous improvement
  • Organization of home help services and transport services for elderly
  • Organization of rehabilitation centers
  • Study visit to nursing homes
  • Study visit to a group living for demented people
  • Study visit to facilities for technical aid and assistive technology


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. 

Example of facilities visited

Nursing homes
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.

Old-age homes
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.



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