Health and social services towards older, chronically ill and disabled population provided in the social assistance. Regulation and practice Cover Image

Usługi zdrowotne i socjalne wobec populacji starszej, przewlekle chorej i niepełnosprawnej realizowane w pomocy społecznej: podstawy regulacyjne i praktyka
Health and social services towards older, chronically ill and disabled population provided in the social assistance. Regulation and practice

Author(s): Agnieszka Sowa
Subject(s): Politics, Health and medicine and law, Gerontology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: population ageing; illness; disability; care needs; social assistance;

Summary/Abstract: The article provides an overview of the scope and main problems related to utilization of medical and social long-term care services in the social assistance sector in Poland. According to the legal regulations medical and social care services can be provided to older dependent people if the family support for a dependent person is found insufficient. However, the number of people receiving care from the social assistance is still relatively small. Based two qualitative studies, the article overviews main barriers related to care provision: lack of adequate information on medical, nursing and care services, tensions between health and social sector in provision of care and nursing, negative perception of social assistance and lack of ageing policies at the local level.

  • Issue Year: 14/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 63-72
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Polish