Residents' experiences of encounters with relatives and significant persons: A hermeneutic study
Article first published online: 31 AUG 2012
© 2012 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Nursing & Health Sciences
Special Issue: Older adults and chronic and complex conditions
Volume 14, Issue 4, pages 495–500, December 2012
How to Cite
Westin, L., Öhrn, I. and Danielson, E. (2012), Residents' experiences of encounters with relatives and significant persons: A hermeneutic study. Nursing & Health Sciences, 14: 495–500. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2012.00731.x
- Issue published online: 27 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 31 AUG 2012
- Received 21 December 2011; revision received 27 June 2012; accepted 10 July 2012.
- nursing homes;
- residents and relatives
The aim of this study was to explore and interpret the meaning of residents' experiences of encounters with their relatives and other significant persons in nursing homes. Twelve residents in three different nursing homes in a western Sweden municipality were interviewed. The method used was hermeneutical text analysis. Three themes emerged in the interpretation of the text: being pleased, being someone, and being inconvenient. These themes were also described through seven subthemes: to be happy to have someone, to make someone else happy, going back in life, to be together in a community, not being alone, to be disconnected, and to be a burden. The study concludes that it is important for nurses in nursing homes to develop a deeper insight into what various social contacts can mean for residents. To develop this knowledge, it is important that nurses in nursing homes can be educated, and supported by clinical supervision, in relation to residents' experiences of encounters with relatives and other significant persons.