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Experiences of home‐care workers with the ‘Stay Active at Home’ programme targeting reablement of community‐living older adults

an exploratory study

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Experiences of home‐care workers with the ‘Stay Active at Home’ programme targeting reablement of community‐living older adults

an exploratory study

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To face the challenges of an ageing population, many Western countries nowadays stimulate an ageing in place policy to empower older adults to grow old in their own homes with the highest degree of self‐reliance. However, many community‐living older adults experience limitations in (instrumental) activities of daily living ((I)ADLs), which may result in a need for home‐care services. Unfortunately, home‐care workers often provide support by taking over tasks, as they are used to doing things for older adults rather than with them, which undermines their possibilities to maintain their self‐care capabilities. In contrast, reablement focuses on capabilities and opportunities of older adults, rather than on disease and dependency. Consequently, older adults are stimulated to be as active as possible during daily and physical activities. The 'Stay Active at Home' programme was designed to train home‐care workers to apply reablement in practice. To explore the experiences of home‐care workers with this programme an exploratory study was conducting in the Netherlands, between April and July, 2017. In total, 20 participants were interviewed: nine nurses (including a district nurse), 10 domestic support workers and the manager of the domestic support workers. The semi‐structured interviews focused on the experienced improvements with regard to knowledge, skills, self‐efficacy and social support. Furthermore, the most and least appreciated programme components were identified. The study has shown that home‐care workers perceived the programme as useful to apply reablement. However, they also need more support with mastering particular skills and dealing with challenging situations. Future implementation of the 'Stay Active at Home' programme can potentially benefit from small adaptions. Furthermore, future research is needed to examine whether the programme leads to more (cost‐) effective home care.

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OrganisatieZuyd Hogeschool
AfdelingFaculteit Gezondheidszorg
LectoraatLectoraat Wijkgerichte Zorg
Gepubliceerd inHealth and Social Care in the community Vol. 28, Uitgave: 1, Pagina's: 291-299
Datum2019-10-06
TypeArtikel
DOI10.1111/hsc.12863
TaalEngels

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