Meaningfulness among Frail Older Adults receiving home-based care in Finland

Jessica Hemberg*, Marina Näsman, Fredrica Nyqvist

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Background: Meaningfulness is a fundamental aspect in the promotion of frail older adults’ health and well-being. From a salutogenic point of view, meaningfulness is a vital component of a SOC, since having a strong SOC aids toward assembling the resources needed to cope with stressors and manage tensions with success. In order to respond to the challenges of population aging and the need to enable frail older adults to live at home for as long as possible, it is important to explore their meaningfulness in the context of home-based care.

Aim: A salutogenic framework was used to study meaningfulness. The aim was to explore what promotes meaningfulness among frail older adults.

Method: The study uses a hermeneutical approach and has a qualitative design. In total, 17 frail older adults were interviewed. The data was analyzed by content analysis.

Results: The results uncovered four themes that the respondents considered important in enhancing meaningfulness in daily life: home care personnel, outdoor activities and green spaces, cultural activities and spirituality.

Conclusion: Our study revealed the important role of home care personnel as a resource in promoting meaningfulness in the context of home-based care. Hence, this group should be given sufficient resources, knowledge and competence for enabling meaningfulness and thus a SOC amongst frail older adults.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Promotion International
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • frail older adults
  • home-based care
  • meaningfulness
  • salutogenic


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