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Care recipients' perceptions of activity-related life space and life satisfaction during and after geriatric rehabilitation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Geriatrics.
2008 (English)In: Quality of Life Research, ISSN 0962-9343, E-ISSN 1573-2649, Vol. 17, no 4, 509-520 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The debate concerning older people's life spaces should be based on subjective priorities of the elderly themselves. The purpose of this study was therefore to improve the understanding of preferences of elderly care recipients regarding activity-related life space (ARLS) and life satisfaction. A mainly qualitative design was used. Fifteen persons aged 80-94 years, undergoing geriatric rehabilitation, were interviewed during hospital stay and on two follow-up occasions after discharge. Transcribed interviews were analyzed in line with the thematic framework approach. The results point to three approaches related to preferences of ARLS: hierarchical limitations, changing continuity, and boundary breaking. Adaptive approaches were employed when physical incapacity was considered a hindrance to activity, adaptations which as a rule resulted in limitations of ARLS preferences. Activity related to the area 'close to one's own body' emerged as one of three identified key activities with importance for life satisfaction, the others being socializing and going out of doors. Continuity of activity in a familiar life space was expressed as a common ideal. If the aim of geriatric rehabilitation is to improve care recipients' life satisfaction, attention needs to be paid to the subjective dimensions of the ARLS in the goal setting.

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2008. Vol. 17, no 4, 509-520 p.
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geriatrics, rehabilitation, life space, activity, life satisfaction
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-103505DOI: 10.1007/s11136-008-9337-2ISI: 000256025100002PubMedID: 18415707OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-103505DiVA: diva2:218351
Available from: 2009-05-19 Created: 2009-05-19 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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