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Design according to the law: juridical dimensions of architecture for assisted living in Sweden
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: 0000-0001-5295-2482
2013 (English)In: Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, ISSN 1566-4910, E-ISSN 1573-7772, Vol. 28, no 1, 147-155 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper presents an analysis of the Swedish laws concerning care to older people and the architectural design of housing for them in assisted living. There is one predominant model of assisted living facilities in Sweden, which the author argues is the result of a norm, rather than the requirements stated in the Social Services Act, which is the over-arching law. This Act states that care to the old person should be individualized. The predominant assisted living model offers small and identical bed-sitting rooms to each resident where they spend up to 20 hours per day. It is suggested that these rooms do not accommodate the wishes and needs of each and every individual. Assisted living in Sweden is legally ranked in the same category as ordinary housing. However, medical and institutional mind-sets from the past are embedded in a normative way of thinking that takes precedence in the production of these facilities. This norm is nurtured by lower level legislation and rules, such as standards.

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Springer, 2013. Vol. 28, no 1, 147-155 p.
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design, building regulations, care, assisted living, social services act
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-78547DOI: 10.1007/s10901-012-9300-yISI: 000316349100010OAI: diva2:534047
Available from: 2012-06-15 Created: 2012-06-15 Last updated: 2015-04-22

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