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A Comparative Case Study of Care Systems towards Frail Elderly People: Germany, Spain, France, Italy, United Kingdom and Sweden

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Abstract

Comparative studies of European social policies towards frail elderly people typically focus on the systems and their implementation. The study presented in this article, conducted in 2001 in six European countries (Germany, Spain, Italy, France, the United Kingdom and Sweden) aims at comparing the rights of the individuals within the different care systems. The methodology used is a case study approach, which draws on a series of situations of dependent elderly people. Therefore, the analysis focuses on the public authorities’ responses – the care packages, which determine the type of care required and the financial contribution of the user – in each of the six countries, in relation to the concrete situations of frail elderly people. As local variations are important, in all the countries studied, local authorities have been chosen in each of the countries. This approach gives us interesting concrete elements on the services and financial help which can be given to frail elderly people, but it also enables us to understand precisely the national care systems organized in the different countries and the main difficulties encountered by public authorities in facing this problem of frail elderly people.

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halshs-00153389 , version 1 (11-06-2007)

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Blanche Le Bihan-Youinou, Claude Martin. A Comparative Case Study of Care Systems towards Frail Elderly People: Germany, Spain, France, Italy, United Kingdom and Sweden. Social Policy and Administration, 2006, 40 (1), p. 26-46. ⟨10.1111/j.1467-9515.2006.00475.x⟩. ⟨halshs-00153389⟩
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