Published: 10 April 2017

Approaches to the regulation and financing of home care services in four European countries. An evidence review

This evidence review describes approaches to the regulation and financing of formal home care services in four European countries. These are Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Scotland. It describes and compares published information on formal home care with respect to:

  • Legislation.
  • National standards.
  • Staff and provider accreditation.
  • Financing of regulation.
  • Eligibility and needs assessment.
  • Financing of home care services. 

The analysis found commonalities and differences amongst the approaches in four countries.  The report provides detailed information on the research questions asked, the methods used, the in-depth findings in each country, and a comparison of similarities and differences across the four jurisdictions.  


  • Rachel Kiersey
  • Alan Coleman

Publication (PDF, 2 MB)

Publication (PDF, 2 MB)

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