Advice to those over 70 years old

Here follows advice for the elderly about the spread of infection, available support and healthcare rights.

Seek medical care if you need urgent help

It is important that those who need medical care for severe and acute conditions do not avoid seeking help due to fear of Covid-19. In an emergency, call 112. If you have any questions about non-acute symptoms and medical care, call 1177

Avoid social contacts if you are over 70 years old

Advanced age is the foremost risk factor for developing severe symptoms in case of infection with Covid-19. Therefore, if you are older than 70 years, you are encouraged to do the following:
• Limit close contact with others.
• Avoid places where large numbers of people gather, for example shops or public transport.
• Maintain contact with your nearest and dearest via telephone or computer.
• Walk outdoors.
• Ask for assistance with food shopping and performing errands. Contact your municipality if you do not have anyone who can help you.

Ban on visiting care homes for the elderly will be lifted on 1 October

The government has decided that the visitor ban at nursing homes will be lifted on 1 October.

Until then, when the general ban on visiting retirement homes in Sweden still applies, the operations manager of a residence may allow exceptions to the ban if there are special circumstances.

Get help and support

If you need assistance with shopping for food or collecting prescription medicines, you should contact your municipality. Around half of municipalities in Sweden are collaborating with the Voluntary Resource Group (Frivillig resursgrupp, FRG), which consists of voluntary defence organisations that support municipalities with shopping for food for risk groups.

The Red Cross, Save the Children, City Missions, the Church of Sweden and the Swedish Sports Confederation are able to help those municipalities in which there is no FRG. Several municipalities have adopted other solutions. Call or e-mail your municipality ("kommunen") to find out more about how you can get help.

Age does not determine the right to care

According to the national principles for prioritising intensive care resources, everyone has an equal right to care, regardless of age; a long-established right that has been enshrined in Swedish law.

Your healthcare rights

At 1177.se you will find information about how to seek medical care, which laws and regulations apply, fees, and the rights you have as a patient. More information about Swedish healthcare here

If you are not satisfied with the medical care you received, you should first contact the clinic you have had contact with. There is also a Patient Advisory Committee in each region that will help you if you are dissatisfied with your care. The Patient Advisory Committee can, for example, help you make contact with the responsible healthcare personnel. Contact your region to find out more.

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