Quality of life in nursing homes: perception of physically frail elderly residents

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http://hdl.handle.net/2336/11554
Title:
Quality of life in nursing homes: perception of physically frail elderly residents
Authors:
Hjaltadottir, Ingibjorg; Gustafsdottir, Margret
Citation:
Scand J Caring Sci 2007, 21(1):48-55
Issue Date:
1-Mar-2007
Abstract:
The purpose of this research was to disclose the characteristics of quality of life as perceived by physically frail but lucid elderly people living in nursing homes to increase the understanding of the phenomenon of quality of life in this setting. Eight elderly residents living in two nursing homes in Iceland were interviewed on two occasions. The interviews were audio-taped and transcribed to generate text for hermeneutic phenomenological analysis. Observation was also undertaken at both nursing homes to enhance the understanding of the residents' narration. The participants' concern in relation to quality of life emerges in the following main themes: (i) Securing the insecure body; (ii) Seeking solace; (iii) Preparing for departure; and (iv) Affirmation of self. The findings indicate that the phenomenon quality of life is manifold and complex, having many dimensions. The most important aspects of quality of life were for the residents to feel secure in the nursing home, have a place of their own where they could be alone with their thoughts, set their affairs in order and be prepared for death. Furthermore, it mattered to be recognized as an individual with his or her roots in their own respective family and doing meaningful things. These aspects of life in a nursing home contribute to living in a meaningful world in which humanity is preserved. It is important in caring for this particular group of residents in the nursing home to know what matters most in relation to their quality of life.
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dc.contributor.authorHjaltadottir, Ingibjorg-
dc.contributor.authorGustafsdottir, Margret-
dc.date.accessioned2007-05-04T09:43:35Z-
dc.date.available2007-05-04T09:43:35Z-
dc.date.issued2007-03-01-
dc.date.submitted2007-05-04-
dc.identifier.citationScand J Caring Sci 2007, 21(1):48-55en
dc.identifier.issn0283-9318-
dc.identifier.pmid17428214-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1471-6712.2007.00434.x-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2336/11554-
dc.descriptionTo access publisher full text version of this article. Please click on the hyperlink in Additional Links fielden
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this research was to disclose the characteristics of quality of life as perceived by physically frail but lucid elderly people living in nursing homes to increase the understanding of the phenomenon of quality of life in this setting. Eight elderly residents living in two nursing homes in Iceland were interviewed on two occasions. The interviews were audio-taped and transcribed to generate text for hermeneutic phenomenological analysis. Observation was also undertaken at both nursing homes to enhance the understanding of the residents' narration. The participants' concern in relation to quality of life emerges in the following main themes: (i) Securing the insecure body; (ii) Seeking solace; (iii) Preparing for departure; and (iv) Affirmation of self. The findings indicate that the phenomenon quality of life is manifold and complex, having many dimensions. The most important aspects of quality of life were for the residents to feel secure in the nursing home, have a place of their own where they could be alone with their thoughts, set their affairs in order and be prepared for death. Furthermore, it mattered to be recognized as an individual with his or her roots in their own respective family and doing meaningful things. These aspects of life in a nursing home contribute to living in a meaningful world in which humanity is preserved. It is important in caring for this particular group of residents in the nursing home to know what matters most in relation to their quality of life.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-6712.2007.00434.x-
dc.subject.meshNursing Homesen
dc.subject.meshHomes for the Ageden
dc.subject.meshQuality of Lifeen
dc.subject.meshAgeden
dc.subject.meshAged, 80 and overen
dc.subject.meshFrail Elderlyen
dc.titleQuality of life in nursing homes: perception of physically frail elderly residentsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalScandinavian journal of caring sciencesen
dc.format.digYES-
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