Quality control unit for elderly care in Stockholm Photo: Jessica Gow / TT

New controller increases quality of elder care

A quality control unit for elderly care is using unannounced visits and regular inspections as a way to improve elderly care in Stockholm.

Quality control for eldery care institutions has tightened after the Carema scandal of two years ago.

Carema was criticized for cases of abuse such as sub-standard care in nursing homes, low staffing, and patients not receiving the care they needed.

The idea now is to ensure that laws and regulations are followed and this involves  everything from quality-control of meals to activities for the elderly.

The new control unit works with both announced and unannounced inspections looking at the city's elderly, and tried to maintain frequent contact with relatives of the elderly.

"If there is a problem, we are much better able to quickly take action," says the quality control chief for Stockholm, Ann-Marie Ståhl.

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