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Home Help Service Staffs' Descriptions of Their Role in Promoting Everyday Activities Among Older People in Sweden Who Are Dependent on Formal Care.
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, Sweden; The Unit for Rehabilitation in the municipality of Eskilstuna, Sweden. (Physiotherapy)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7778-9749
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (Physiotherapy)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0964-1747
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (Physiotherapy)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5064-8820
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4537-030X
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2017 (English)In: Journal of Applied Gerontology, ISSN 0733-4648, E-ISSN 1552-4523, Vol. 36, no 8, 971-992 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The study aimed to explore how home help service staff described their role in improving the abilities of older people, in particular, older women with chronic pain who are dependent on formal care, to perform everyday activities. Three focus group interviews were conducted, and a qualitative inductive thematic content analysis was used. The analysis resulted in one theme: struggling to improve the care recipients' opportunities for independence but being inhibited by complex environmental factors. By encouraging the care recipients to perform everyday activities, the staff perceived themselves to both maintain and improve their care recipients' independence and quality of life. An important goal for society and health care professionals is to improve older people's abilities to "age in place" and to enable them to age independently while maintaining their quality of life. A key resource is home help service staff, and this resource should be utilized in the best possible way.

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2017. Vol. 36, no 8, 971-992 p.
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dependency, focus group interviews, home help service staff, independency, older people, qualitative study, quality of life, rehabilitation, team
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Physiotherapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-29398DOI: 10.1177/0733464815595511ISI: 000404415600004PubMedID: 26209706Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85021438772OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-29398DiVA: diva2:865136
Available from: 2015-10-27 Created: 2015-10-27 Last updated: 2017-07-27Bibliographically approved

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