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Creating images of old people as home-care receivers: Categorizing  needs in social work case files
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9293-4932
2010 (English)In: Qualitative Social Work, ISSN 1473-3250, E-ISSN 1741-3117, Vol. 0, no 0, 1-19 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Central to the assessment process in case management is howolder people’s needs are constructed through documentationand case files. This article examines how older people’s needsare categorized in written documentation. Sixteen case filesfrom three social work districts in Sweden were studied usingdiscourse analysis. The results identified two general types ofcase files; the fact-oriented (using objective language) andevent-oriented case file (using more personal language) –which depicted the older individuals quite differently. Allcase files employed several need categories; though socialneeds were important in describing living conditions, it wasmedical and physical needs that impinged on home care decisions.This raises questions about how case documentationdepicts older people through society’s eyes and about thediscourses prevailing in gerontological social work.

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2010. Vol. 0, no 0, 1-19 p.
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old people, home care, social work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-63887DOI: 10.1177/1473325010367820OAI: diva2:383607
Available from: 2011-01-05 Created: 2011-01-05 Last updated: 2015-01-19

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