Experiences of longing in daily life and associations to well-being among frail older adults receiving home care: a qualitative study

Jessica Hemberg*, Fredrica Nyqvist, Venke Ueland, Marina Näsman

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Abstract

Purpose: All over the world, communities face the challenge of maintaining well-being among older adults. More specifically, understanding the resources required to establish and maintain well-being among community-dwelling older adults is an essential issue. Although longing from a caring science perspective is considered a driver for well-being, it has not yet been investigated among frail older adults. The aim of this study was to explore frail older adults' experiences of longing in daily life and the relation between longing and well-being from a caring science perspective. Method: The study uses a hermeneutical approach and follows a qualitative explorative design. The data comprises texts from 17 interviews with frail older adults and was analysed by content analysis. Results: The results uncovered three themes: Longing for social contacts; Longing for nature and Longing creativity, aesthetics, and music. Longing was positively related to well-being when the older adults were able to fulfil their longings. Conclusion: This study provides an understanding of the mechanisms of longing among frail older adults. Longing, here, is an inner resource for setting into motion the transition towards well-being. Further studies could focus on how frail older adults can be supported to combat the negative forms of longing in daily life.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being
Volume15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • caring, daily life, experiences, frail older adults, home care, longing, well-being

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