What Makes Dependency on Homecare Bearable? A Phenomenological Study

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Becoming dependent on homecare in old age is a radical life change that requires complex adaption. The purpose of this study was to explore the existential dimension of being dependent on homecare with a particular focus on what makes dependency bearable. In total, 15 older people living in Denmark or Norway were interviewed using a phenomenological approach. The material was analyzed employing Max van Manen's meaning-giving approach coined "Phenomenology of practice." During the analysis, four themes emerged: pure acceptance of an inevitable situation, acting independently as much as possible, negotiating to receive good care, and gratitude toward caring caregivers. The results point to a need for respectful and individualized homecare leveling out the subordinate position in which dependency on homecare tends to place older people.

TidsskriftWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Sider (fra-til)388-394
Antal sider7
StatusUdgivet - maj 2023


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