Support by a Personal Ombudsman shows highly positive response rates and reduces guardianship, isolation, drug addiction, homelessness, suicide and violence amongst the individuals addressed. As well, calculations have shown that PO operations reduce costs by approximately €80,000 per assisted person over a five year period!
That is why Sweden decided to expand this system on a national level. In 2010, 325 POs employed in over 100 businesses provided support to more than 6,000 individuals throughout the country. Interestingly, a personal support system was recently started also by Oslo and one currently operates in Helsinki. Cities such as San Francisco, Vancouver, Sydney, Budapest, Riga and Prague have similar plans.