Negotiating and effectuating relocation to sheltered housing in old age: a Swedish study over 11 years

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Negotiating and effectuating relocation to sheltered housing in old age: a Swedish study over 11 years. / Nygren, Carita; Iwarsson, Susanne.

I: European Journal of Ageing, Vol. 6, Nr. 3, 2009, s. 177-189.

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T1 - Negotiating and effectuating relocation to sheltered housing in old age: a Swedish study over 11 years

AU - Nygren, Carita

AU - Iwarsson, Susanne

N1 - The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Division of Occupational Therapy (Closed 2012) (013025000)

PY - 2009

Y1 - 2009

N2 - The aim of this study was to explore how very old people consider and arrive at decisions on relocation, with specific attention to housing and health relationships during the process of ageing. The sample included 13 very old participants of an 11-year longitudinal study of relationships between housing and health. Applying a mixed-methods approach, data from qualitative interviews and quantitative survey data from three data collection waves were utilised. The quantitative data were interwoven with the qualitative findings into a coherent body of text. The core theme "Negotiating and effectuating relocation is a long process" indicates a non-linear process consisting of five phases constituting the main categories of our findings. In the first phase, some informants considered relocation while others avoided thinking about it. Next, relations between health and home changed and led to turning points triggering relocation, i.e. when dependence in everyday activities reached critical points or when sudden illness forced an involuntary move. In the third phase, once the decision to relocate was made it was set in stone by the individual, but often questioned by the authorities, leading to a situation causing much frustration. While waiting for the relocation, doubts as well as expectations about the new home were expressed. Finally, even though the actual move caused different feelings, it was most often a positive experience and resulted in subjective health improvement and increased social contacts. The results can be used for the development of positive, proactive strategies for improved housing provision along the ageing process.

AB - The aim of this study was to explore how very old people consider and arrive at decisions on relocation, with specific attention to housing and health relationships during the process of ageing. The sample included 13 very old participants of an 11-year longitudinal study of relationships between housing and health. Applying a mixed-methods approach, data from qualitative interviews and quantitative survey data from three data collection waves were utilised. The quantitative data were interwoven with the qualitative findings into a coherent body of text. The core theme "Negotiating and effectuating relocation is a long process" indicates a non-linear process consisting of five phases constituting the main categories of our findings. In the first phase, some informants considered relocation while others avoided thinking about it. Next, relations between health and home changed and led to turning points triggering relocation, i.e. when dependence in everyday activities reached critical points or when sudden illness forced an involuntary move. In the third phase, once the decision to relocate was made it was set in stone by the individual, but often questioned by the authorities, leading to a situation causing much frustration. While waiting for the relocation, doubts as well as expectations about the new home were expressed. Finally, even though the actual move caused different feelings, it was most often a positive experience and resulted in subjective health improvement and increased social contacts. The results can be used for the development of positive, proactive strategies for improved housing provision along the ageing process.

KW - Quantitative

KW - Qualitative data

KW - Health

KW - Relocation process

KW - Housing

KW - Mixed methods

KW - data

U2 - 10.1007/s10433-009-0121-0

DO - 10.1007/s10433-009-0121-0

M3 - Article

VL - 6

SP - 177

EP - 189

JO - European Journal of Ageing

JF - European Journal of Ageing

SN - 1613-9380

IS - 3

ER -