Basic respite care was already widely available and was augmented with day care and professional carers to replace informal caregivers. Individual counseling and training was also significantly increased, along with recreation benefits and other types of support. Nearly half of the Swedish municipalities appointed a special public officer to act as a consultant and contact point for informal carers.
Surprisingly, many informal caregivers actually refused non-financial support when it was offered. The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare concluded that there is a continuing need to develop the quality of these services.
1Consumer Direction and Choice in Long-Term Care for Older Persons, Including Payments for Informal Care: How Can it Help Improve Care Outcomes, Employment and Fiscal Sustainability?, OECD Health Working Papers No. 20 (PDF 322 KB), OECD, May 11 2005
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