Negotiating Control: From Recognizing a Need to Making a Decision to Apply for a Housing Adaptation

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A housing adaptation (HA) can enable independent living in one's own home, but deciding to change the home environment can be a thought-provoking matter. The aim of this study was to explore the applicant's perspective and decision-making process when applying for an HA grant. Seventeen persons were interviewed about their application for such a grant, and the data were analyzed using a constant comparative approach. The findings illustrated how the participants negotiated control in their everyday lives as they went from recognizing a need to then deciding to apply for an HA grant. Before coming to a decision, alternative solutions were considered and their expectations on the effect of having an HA were explored. This knowledge is useful for professionals and caregivers to help support people during the HA decision-making process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-359
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Housing for the Elderly
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Oct 1

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy


  • activity
  • disability
  • home
  • modification
  • Qualitative


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