Homesupport for elderly people with psychiatric disabilities

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Publication Student thesis
Title Homesupport for elderly people with psychiatric disabilities
Author(s) Carlsson Byttner, Lina ; Durakovic, Edita
Date 2011
English abstract
This essay deals with the support and help offered to elderly people over 65 with mental disabilities out of personnel from a special support team. We have chosen to use the qualitative method to answer our questions. We have four semi-structured interviews with all staff from the support team we have been in contact with, three nurses/nursing assistants and project manager for the support team. We have recognized five themes and divided the text into six different categories and disciplines that answers and highlights the importance of meeting clients' needs, increase their independence and quality of life. Our theme is security, continuity, time, treatment and relations. Our topics are quality of life and health, personalized and holistic, empowerment, motivation and participation, activity and disengagement and stigma. The conclusion of our essay is that there is a need for a special team to meet the needs of older people with mental disabilities. The support team has more time and can give clients the support they need. The time gives staff the opportunity to increase clients' quality of life by listening and understanding. The staff provides security with their presence and attitude while becoming a social contact for the client. The staff has the knowledge required to provide good treatment. The staff of the support team works with high professionalism and flexibility. The support team is working from the client's needs when the operation should be given and how it should be. The support team works with the continuity that provides a better and deeper relationship with the client. We have found that staff in the support team is working to get their clients to feel that they are able to do things themselves and build up their confidence and self esteem. This is the support team doing by lifting up what clients can and try to motivate clients to do things. By the support teams encouragement and support clients can find faith in themselves to handle things and become independent. Support team works with their clients so that they feel the meaningfulness of everyday life. By the motivation from the support team clients has managed to become more involved in their daily work. The support team provides personalized care to their clients. We have found it impossible to generalize and think that all older people with mental disabilities can be satisfied by for example activity and interaction with other people. For many of these clients their need may change. Passivity and aloofness can be an experience of tranquility and well-being and to decrease stress. Another aspect we have found, the reason why clients withdraw and isolate themselves at home is that clients put “stamp” on themselves as mentally ill. This negative self-image can be influenced by impressions from the surroundings. By that clients are treated with respect and sensitivity of personnel, client's view of themselves can change. The support team works to ensure opportunities in their clients' daily lives and not obstacles.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Hälsa och samhälle
Pages 83
Language swe (iso)
Subject(s) Keywords: elderly, psychiatric disability, needs, quality of life, independency, empowerment, motivation, participation, holistic, personalization, Security, continuity, time, treatment and relations.
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