In my presentation I will discuss the senior’s experiences of living in SHA facilities. Of particular interest is living in a SHA as a phenomenon.
SHA means alternative forms of housing such as nursing homes, elderly homes, and group housing. One of the most important principles of Swedish policy relating to seniors, as provided in the official statements, is that public policy is to be framed in such a way that seniors shall continue living in their own homes for as long as they possibly can, even if they are in need of extensive health and social care. However, SHAs are available for people who are no longer able to live in their own homes (regular housing). The various SHA facilities usually have one-room apartments with jointly owned, home-like premises, where they typically offer meals, SHA services also provide 24-h scheduled and unscheduled personal care.
In Sweden, however, housing policies for seniors’ care, have generally focused on the development of assisted living and care standards (supply-based care), rather than on adapting the SHA to the requirements of the individual residents. This is despite the fact that the political discourse claims to offer care that is tailored to the individual’s needs (demand-based care). This poses some interesting questions. Specifically,
1) What is the seniors’ experience living in a SHA when the accommodation mandates are based on both supply-based care standards and on the institutional order or discourse, rather than the individual influence?
2) Can the SHA be viewed as a home where the person actually feels like being at home?
3) Is the perceived life at a SHA experienced as something more than a solution to care requirements?
the 10th International interdisciplinary conference on COMMUNICATION, MEDICINE AND ETHICS (COMET), held 28-29th June, in Trondheim, Norge.