Participation in everyday activities when aging in place – couples with respite care

The premise is that the number of elderly people is constantly rising and that most older people want to continue living at home as they age. Support from family members is very important when it comes to older people to remain living at home in regular housing.

The question is what it means for older couples where short-term care means a process of adaptation to two places that are home? For one half of an elderly couple who reside partly on short-term accommodation means changing both the physical and social environment and to the other person adaptation to living himself for a time and other times together with their respective affiliates. The effect of short-term care for family members and their relatives is an area that we have relatively little knowledge about, for example, more knowledge is needed about how short-term accommodation's content corresponds to the participatory approach and aspects related to environmental factors. Also of interest is to study the impact of different ambient environments have on the participation of people who switch between different locations and contexts, as relief over the short term accommodation consequently, the elderly couple in the use of this municipal service.

The project started in autumn 2013 and implemented in collaboration with the municipality of Luleå. A graduate student is working in the project and data collection has begun in the spring of 2014.

The overall aim

The overall aim of the project is to develop knowledge and understanding of how older couples who have relief through short-term care experience participation in everyday activities and describe how staff experience the elderly couple's opportunities for participation. Further investigate and describe significant factors that influence participation.

Collaborators in the project
Gunilla Isaksson, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
Margareta Lilja, Professor of Occupational Therapy

Stina Rutberg, Assictant professor in physiotherapy
Jenni Riekkola Carabante, Registered Occupational Therapist, MSc, PhD

Page Editor and Contact: Åsa Brännare

Published: 4 April 2014

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