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Older adults’ experiences of a reablement process.: "To be treated like an adult, and ask for what I want and how I want it"
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (samproduktion)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3068-5384
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(English)In: Educational gerontology, ISSN 0360-1277, E-ISSN 1521-0472Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

This is a follow-up study of intensive home-based rehabilitation from older people’s perspectives. The aim was to explore older adults’ descriptions of interactional needs related to autonomy in life. The purpose was also to explore the importance of significant others in the reablement process.

Method: The sample consisted of 23 women aged 72–92 who were included consecutively in the first project year. Data were collected through face-to-face semi-structured interviews that were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed using qualitative latent content analysis.

Results: Regaining autonomy through reablement was achieved by the interviewees although not always to the same extent as before. Three themes related to interactional needs were identified: (1) Transitional relations, referring to encounters with staff in time-limited relations. (2) More stable relations with significant others without limitation of time. (3) The acceptance of growing older and of death as a “natural departure”. Transitional relations with professionals, and more stable relations with significant others, are important parts of the reablement process according to older adults.

In conclusion: Professionals within gerontology need to recognize the social and historical context including the symbolic meanings each older person gives to life’s necessaries. Older adults appreciate reablement which includes rehabilitation goals related to the person’s stable relationships and larger life context.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-41258OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-41258DiVA, id: diva2:1260038
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2017-00126Available from: 2018-10-31 Created: 2018-10-31 Last updated: 2018-12-05Bibliographically approved

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