Enhancing Home Safety for Frail Elders by Understanding the Meaning of Clutter

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/149728
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Enhancing Home Safety for Frail Elders by Understanding the Meaning of Clutter
Abstract:
Enhancing Home Safety for Frail Elders by Understanding the Meaning of Clutter
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Hayes, Evelyn R., PhD, APRN, BC
P.I. Institution Name:University of Delaware
Title:Professor
Co-Authors:Lisa Plowfield, PhD, RN; Jean Raymond, MSN, APRN; Elaine Greggo, MSN, APRN, BC
[Clinical session research presentation] The safety of one's home may influence a frail elder's ability to remain in his/her home. Using the Omaha System to collect and analyze the comprehensive needs of 148 community dwelling elders led to an identification of residential safety hazards. A case study analysis approach was used to examine the meaning of clutter for those frail elders who exhibited this environmental need. Clinician visits, chart documentation, and family informants were the sources of data. The majority of frail elders resided in their own home or apartment; in one case the frail elder resided in a skilled nursing facility. Within the dataset, 33% of frail elders had difficulties within their residence. The most prevalent need leading to hazardous residential living conditions was that of cluttered living space. One third of those with unsafe residential living had cluttered living spaces. Preliminary findings indicated that clutter had multiple meanings for frail elders. Upon in depth assessment and analysis, residential clutter was related to either personal/historical attributes or physical limitations associated with aging.  The meanings of clutter that reflected personal/historical attributes were hoarding behaviors, control over one?s environment, attachment to non-human entities, and memories of years of insufficiency during the U.S. Depression of the 1930s. The second category of residential clutter reflected the inability to organize, lack of physical capabilities, and cognitive decline resulting in inattentiveness to one?s environment.  Handling clutter can be extremely stressful for the client and his or her family. An individualized and personal understanding of the meaning of clutter must occur before effective interventions can be developed.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEnhancing Home Safety for Frail Elders by Understanding the Meaning of Clutteren_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/149728-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Enhancing Home Safety for Frail Elders by Understanding the Meaning of Clutter</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Hayes, Evelyn R., PhD, APRN, BC</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Delaware</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">erhayes@udel.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Lisa Plowfield, PhD, RN; Jean Raymond, MSN, APRN; Elaine Greggo, MSN, APRN, BC</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Clinical session research presentation] The safety of one's home may influence a frail elder's ability to remain in his/her home.&nbsp;Using the Omaha System to collect and analyze the comprehensive needs of 148 community dwelling elders led to an identification of residential safety hazards. A case study analysis approach was used to examine the meaning of clutter for those frail elders who exhibited this environmental need.&nbsp;Clinician visits, chart documentation, and family informants were the sources of data.&nbsp;The majority of frail elders resided in their own home or apartment; in one case the frail elder resided in a skilled nursing facility.&nbsp;Within the dataset, 33% of frail elders had difficulties within their residence.&nbsp;The most prevalent need leading to hazardous residential living conditions was that of cluttered living space. One third of those with unsafe residential living had cluttered living spaces.&nbsp;Preliminary findings indicated that clutter had multiple meanings for frail elders. Upon in depth assessment and analysis, residential clutter was related to either personal/historical attributes or physical limitations associated with aging.&nbsp;&nbsp;The meanings of clutter that reflected personal/historical attributes were hoarding behaviors, control over one?s environment, attachment to non-human entities, and memories of years of insufficiency during the U.S. Depression of the 1930s. The second category of residential clutter reflected the inability to organize, lack of physical capabilities, and cognitive decline resulting in inattentiveness to one?s environment.&nbsp;&nbsp;Handling clutter can be extremely stressful for the client and his or her family. An individualized and personal understanding of the meaning of clutter must occur before effective interventions can be developed.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:08:18Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:08:18Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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