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”Bara för att man bor på ett boende så kan man ju ändå vara ensam”: En kvalitativ studie om hur omsorgspersonal hanterar omsorgstagares ensamhet på ett särskilt boende.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“Just because you live in a elder care home, it doesn’t mean that you are not feeling lonely” : A qualitative study on the ways care assistants handle                                              loneliness at an elder care facility. (English)
Abstract [en]

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine how care assistants deal with loneliness at an elder care facility. By expanding our knowledge about strategies being used we get a new perspective of how loneliness is handled in the real world.

Method: As our method we chose a qualitative approach to collect empirical data. We carried out semi structured interviews with six people of whom all work at an elder care home. The interviewees were four nurse assistants, one coordinator and one nurse.

Theory: To analyse the data, three theoretical approaches were used: Antonovsky’s SOC (Sense Of Coherence), Empowerment and Goffman’s Theory of Stigma and Shame.

Results: Loneliness is a common issue at this facility, nevertheless the different kinds of staff stand alone in handling the feelings and the consequences that sprung from it. Social activities that opposes social loneliness were easier to approach and the staff perceived they had the resources to do so. The emotional loneliness was more challenging, especially if the care receiver had extensive problems or a mental illness. The staff past experiences were that the care receivers did not get the same extensive care as with social loneliness when it came to mental illness. Our study indicates that loneliness is an issue entirely in the hands of the care assistants and that is a risk factor for the elder individuals to not get the care they need, which makes them a vulnerable group for experiences negative effects and mental illness originating from untreated loneliness.     

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 61
Keywords [en]
Loneliness, Elderly individual, Eldercare, Mental health, Care assistants, SOC, Empowerment, Stigma, Shame
Keywords [sv]
Ensamhet, Äldre individ, Äldreomsorg, Psykisk hälsa, Omsorgspersonal, KASAM, Empowerment, Stigma, Skam
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-65739OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-65739DiVA, id: diva2:1113710
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Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
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Available from: 2017-06-22 Created: 2017-06-22 Last updated: 2017-06-22Bibliographically approved

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