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Biståndshandläggare om möten med sent-i-livet-invandrade äldre- inblicki hur en institutionell kategori skapas.
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9293-4932
2015 (Swedish)In: Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 1104-1420, Vol. 22, no 1, 44-62 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research on the implications of cross-cultural interaction for needs assessment practice is scarce. This is particularly the case when it comes to research on care management within elderly care. Research in Sweden suggests, however, that there is a need to explore the ways in which care managers regard and experience cross-cultural interaction when assessing older people’s needs prior to granting access to elderly care services. This article is based on a project that aim to explore just that through focus group interviews with care managers (n=60). The analysis revealed that the kind of cross-cultural interaction that the interviewed care managers find the most challenging is the one involving older people that migrated late, do not speak the Swedish language and come from cultures that are deemed to be too different. The analysis dicloses the underlying assumptions about Otherness that the care managers alluded to when sharing their views on and experiences of cross-cultural interaction within the context of needs assessment practice. The article discusses the implications that these findings have for care management practice in this country considering that the legislation dictates that care managers need to attend to older people’s ‘uniqueness’. The analysis reveals namely that the uniqueness associated with certain client categories is too unique to cater for.

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2015. Vol. 22, no 1, 44-62 p.
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120495OAI: diva2:845365
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, FAS Dnr 2010-0666
Available from: 2015-08-11 Created: 2015-08-11 Last updated: 2015-09-03Bibliographically approved

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