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Seniors' experiences of living in special housing accommodation
Department of Senior Care, Municipality of Lidköping, Lidköping, Sweden.
Department of Senior Care, Municipality of Götene, Sweden.
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 6, no 1, 5894Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents a hermeneutic phenomenological analysis of interview material in which 12 seniors living in Special Housing Accommodation (SHA) facilities reflect on the experience of living in such facilities. Of particular interest in the analysis is living in a SHA as a phenomenon. The finding shows that the phenomenon of lived experience in a SHA seems to be a state of ambiguity regarding one’s existence, which is made up of several constituents (elements of meaning).The analysis contributes to the understanding of how the phenomenon of SHA living is coming into existence as a need, due to an individual’s failing health; however, the SHA is not considered to be a true home. Accordingly, this has consequences to the subject position for the seniors in that they have to navigate between existing and not existing. The seniors learn to cope with living in the SHA by lowering their expectations of life and existence while the SHA provides the prerequisites for their existence. An implication for promoting care is to support the seniors to enable a full existence of life within SHA living.

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CoAction Publishing, 2011. Vol. 6, no 1, 5894
Keyword [en]
Seniors, lifeworld, lived experience, residential living, ambiguity of existence
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Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Medical sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-5149DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v6i1.5894ISI: 000288910000004PubMedID: 21412446Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84874997881OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-5149DiVA: diva2:427526
Available from: 2011-06-28 Created: 2011-06-28 Last updated: 2016-06-17Bibliographically approved

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