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Caregivers face stressed out by "impossible" workload

Published onsdag 5 juni 2013 kl 11.51
"People call us all the time about this situation"
(5:48 min)
Home-based care, or "hemtjänst." Archive photo: Anders Wiklund / Scanpix.

Care workers who deliver food and clean at old people's houses are are facing an impossible task, reports Swedish Television.

Li Kristjansdottir in Uppsala says that she has to make 26 home visits in six hours, and that one of the visits is scheduled to start six minutes before the other one finishes.

Local politician Ebba Busch, of the Christian Democrats, is the councillor in charge of  care for the elderly. She says she is "shocked", but that the responsibility lies with the staff who have the job of implementing the council's plans.

Monika Titor at the Dementia Association says that many people with relatives in the care system have reported problems with home visits, and they have seen schedules with items such as "leave meal, three minutes, without talking."

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