The meaning of support as narrated by family carers who care for a senior person at home

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title The meaning of support as narrated by family carers who care for a senior person at home
Author(s) Stoltz, Peter ; Udén, Giggi ; Willman, Ania
Date 2006
English abstract
The aim of this study was to illuminate the meaning of support as narrated by family carers who care for a senior relative at home. This study originates from a context of advanced in-home palliative care in Sweden. Twenty (n=20) family carers, who cared for a senior relative at home, participated. Narrative interviews resulted in a text which was analysed in three recurring phases: naive understanding, structural analyses and comprehensive understanding using a phenomenological hermeneutical method, inspired by the philosophy of Ricoeur. Two themes were formulated from the analysis: “Experiencing a togetherness with others in caring” and “Sensing togetherness with oneself in caring”. The meaning of support was here understood as “Sensing togetherness”. In the comprehensive understanding this meaning was further illuminated by literature on the concepts of friendship, inner strength and manageability through the sense of coherence theory. Suggestions of relevance to practice and further research are given.
Host/Issue Qualitative Health Research;5
Volume 16
Pages 594-610
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Family Caregivers
Support
Older People
Lived Experience
phenomenology
hermeneutics
Medicine
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/3145 (link to this page)
Link http://www.pubmed.gov (external link to related web page)

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