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Table 1 Definitions of dependency levels in relation to the type of allocated support

From: Transitions between levels of dependency among older people receiving social care – a retrospective longitudinal cohort study in a Swedish municipality

Dependency level Type of allocated supporta
Mild Safety alarm, food distribution, domestic tasks, e.g., cleaning, washing, making the bed
Moderate Help with bathing, social visits, safety contact by telephone, safety visits day time or night time, escort to activities outside the home
Severe Dressing, transferring, practical help with meals, feeding
Total Short or long term stay at special housing
Exclusion criteria Support to informal caregivers, daily living supportb, day centre
  1. aExamples of types of support
  2. ba type of support especially targeting persons with psychiatric disability