Waiting to go into a Danish Nursing Home - Generations Review

Jens Erik Kofod

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The number of older people from their own home into a nursing home is likely to increase. This study intends to examine important aspects in the transition process by applying ethnographic methods. Ten older people and their relatives were interviewed and observed. It was found that their relationship toward their home care assistant became increasingly important as they waited to go into the nursing home. Assessments for home care were constrained by municipal authorities and their regulations, and the overall attitude was that the needs of older people were not being appropriately defined and met. This left them barely able to maintain their homes and, as a consequence of this, their identity.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGenerations Review
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)23-27
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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