The unexpected care actor and the elderly municipal resident – To think outside the box in times of pandemic

The unexpected care actor and the elderly municipal resident – To think outside the box in times of pandemic

The unexpected care actor and the elderly municipal resident - To think outside the box in times of pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has in many ways challenged our welfare and our welfare institutions. Perhaps it is precisely in such times of crisis that there are particularly strong reasons to think about how welfare is organized and how institutions can work together to maintain and improve welfare. Through the media, we have been able to take part of some initiatives and measures “outside the box” abroad. These have not been as clear in the Swedish media reporting, even though people’s problem-solving ability seems to be prominent under these conditions. Therefore, I want to describe how a municipal housing company took a general thought of care for the elderly one step further during the pandemic. The contribution can provide insight and understanding of how other microsystems creates value for the elderly. The ultimate aim of this contribution is to rekindle co-operations that may been side-lined during the strained pandemic situation and to rekindle the will to think new thoughts, preferably outside the box, about how health- and social care can learn from and co-operate with other institutions to reach new solutions to welfare challenges.


Presenter/s: Caroline Ärleskog (University of Gothenburg/Campus Västervik, Sweden)