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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/162120
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Meaning of Home as Experienced by Older Adults in Sweden
Author(s):
Gilsjo, Catharina U. M-L.
Author Details:
Catharina U. M-L. Gillsjo, University of Skovde, Skovde, Sweden, email: catharina.gillsjo@his.se
Abstract:
Purpose: This study is aimed at gaining an understanding of the meaning of home to older adults residing in a rural community. Background: The importance of the home environment is frequently proclaimed and the desire of older adults to remain at home is well documented in the gerontological literature. Yet, little is known about what the home really means and how it is experienced by older adults. Increasing numbers of older adults worldwide and an accompanying expansion of home health care services make it imperative that health care professionals have a greater understanding of the meaning of the home, in order to preserve the dignity and integrity of the older adult at home, while also fostering a safe and therapeutic environment. Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): An interpretative research design, including qualitative interviews and a hermeneutical analytical approach was used for this study. Six older adults, 4 women and 2 men, aged 77 to 89, were interviewed in their place of residence. All interviews were tape recorded, transcribed verbatim and analyzed using von Post and Eriksson's (1999) hermeneutical textual analysis. Results: Home held great significance for these older adults, even though it often was taken for granted. It was both a concrete entity and an abstract reality. It was so integral to their daily lives and sense of self that they could not imagine its absence; it was "the place you cannot live without." They spoke of making the place where one lives into a home, its special atmosphere (where "you are at home"), and how it becomes your "stronghold" and your "freedom." Conclusions and Implications: These findings increase awareness of how invaluable the meaning of home can be, even when it goes unmentioned. Researchers need to examine the impact of current health services on the meaning of home and the ability of the older adult to "age in place."
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
19th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Description:
Conference theme: Building Communities of Scholarship and Research, held April 12-14, 2007 at The Westin Providence.
Note:
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Meaning of Home as Experienced by Older Adults in Swedenen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGilsjo, Catharina U. M-L.en_US
dc.author.detailsCatharina U. M-L. Gillsjo, University of Skovde, Skovde, Sweden, email: catharina.gillsjo@his.seen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/162120-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: This study is aimed at gaining an understanding of the meaning of home to older adults residing in a rural community. Background: The importance of the home environment is frequently proclaimed and the desire of older adults to remain at home is well documented in the gerontological literature. Yet, little is known about what the home really means and how it is experienced by older adults. Increasing numbers of older adults worldwide and an accompanying expansion of home health care services make it imperative that health care professionals have a greater understanding of the meaning of the home, in order to preserve the dignity and integrity of the older adult at home, while also fostering a safe and therapeutic environment. Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): An interpretative research design, including qualitative interviews and a hermeneutical analytical approach was used for this study. Six older adults, 4 women and 2 men, aged 77 to 89, were interviewed in their place of residence. All interviews were tape recorded, transcribed verbatim and analyzed using von Post and Eriksson's (1999) hermeneutical textual analysis. Results: Home held great significance for these older adults, even though it often was taken for granted. It was both a concrete entity and an abstract reality. It was so integral to their daily lives and sense of self that they could not imagine its absence; it was "the place you cannot live without." They spoke of making the place where one lives into a home, its special atmosphere (where "you are at home"), and how it becomes your "stronghold" and your "freedom." Conclusions and Implications: These findings increase awareness of how invaluable the meaning of home can be, even when it goes unmentioned. Researchers need to examine the impact of current health services on the meaning of home and the ability of the older adult to "age in place."en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:01:13Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:01:13Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.name19th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationProvidence, Rhode Island, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: Building Communities of Scholarship and Research, held April 12-14, 2007 at The Westin Providence.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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