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A sense of home through the eyes of nursing home residents

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A sense of home through the eyes of nursing home residents

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The nursing home is often a final stage in the living career of older persons, but the question remains whether it is a true home or merely a place where care is provided for the residents. This study investigates the sense of home and its constituent factors among both permanent and temporary residents of nursing homes in The Netherlands. A qualitative research design was chosen for the study, which consisted of in-depth interviews using a topic list that was developed through literature review and a focus group session. Autonomy and safety and security are the basic aspects for a sense of home. These aspects refer to the relationships and actions of nursing home residents and the environment in which people live. The research findings show that developing a sense of home encompasses much more than just being surrounded by personal belongings and having a private room with certain facilities. Subjective components of relationships and (inter)actions are as important as the physical component of living and housing. Only when a right balance is achieved between all factors, a true sense of home, albeit away from the familiar home someone spent most of his/her life, can be developed. Understanding these perspectives and needs can contribute to a better design and retrofitting process of future nursing homes.

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OrganisatieFontys Hogescholen
AfdelingFontys Paramedische Hogeschool
LectoraatLectoraat Health innovations and technology
Gepubliceerd in International Journal for Innovative Research in Science & Technology Vol. 1, Uitgave: 4, Pagina's: 57-69
Datum2014-09
TypeArtikel
ISSN2349-6010
TaalEngels

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