Elder care

Carema staff weigh used diapers to save money

"It was very unusual"
4:13 min

Carema, the nursing home company criticised earlier this month for cutting corners in the care of the elderly and instituting profit-linked incentive bonuses for bosses, is under fire again – this time for forcing staff to weigh diapers to ensure the nappies get used to their full capacity.

Swedish Newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported today that employees at Carema care facilities have been ordered to weight the clients’ used diapers. One employee told DN that staff are not allowed to change the diapers if the patients haven’t peed enough.

Background

The health care and social service sectors of Sweden's world-renowned welfare state were not too long ago wholly run, managed, and owned by the state. But in recent times, hospitals, health care clinics, emergency services, and elderly care facilities have slowly been transferred into private hands.

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