ældre live i plejebolig - et studie af ældres autonomi- og livssituation i den politiske tilrettelæggelse af plejeboligens rammer

Publikation: Konferencebidrag uden forlag/tidsskriftAbstraktForskning


Bridging the gap – in Public Health Nursing September 19th and 20th 2016
Organised by: Global Network of Public Health Nursing

The Life of the Elderly in Residential Care Facilities -
A Study of Autonomy and Life Situation of Elderly People in the Context of the Political Organisation of the Facilities

Keywords: vulnerable elderly people, impaired elderly people, residential care facility, autonomy of elderly, political organisation of help, New Public Management, market-orientation, welfare state.

Aim: To examine how autonomy of the elderly in residential care facilities is practiced and how the political organisation of these facilities have an impact on the understanding of autonomy in practice and thereby on life situation of impaired elderly in this context.

Methods: The dissertation is based on a practical-philosophical approach in which theory and practice are inextricably linked as well as mutually informing each other.
Empirical material is generated by participant observation studies and interviews in residential care facilities as well as policy documents concerning the arrangement of public help to impaired elderly people are analysed.

Results: Analysis of the empirical material and of pertinent policy documents reveal that elderly are politically valued, when they manage to avoid drawing on the public services that are available to them.
A current dominant political standardised concept of autonomy is rendered visible. In its generalised form this concept turns out to be contradictory to the life situation of impaired individual elderly people living in residential care facilities.
The cynicism of the past appears to be a way to implement rational and efficient problem-solving as a replacement for the welfare in which experts set the agenda for production and distribution of treatment and care based on moral responsibility.
The consequences of the present organisational controlling ideology become clear in the empirical data material, when some members of the staff fail to provide political standardised help and dare to make situated judgements which meet the impaired elderly with a situated and open concept of autonomy that determines whether elderly people are perceived as individuals.
Author: Ulla Skjødt, Ph.D. student at Aarhus University, associated professor at University College Zealand, RN.
Bidragets oversatte titelældre live i plejebolig - et studie af ældres autonomi- og livssituation i den politiske tilrettelæggelse af plejeboligens rammer
Publikationsdato19 sep. 2016
StatusUdgivet - 19 sep. 2016
BegivenhedThe 4th International Global Network of Public Health Nursing Conference: Bridging the gap - Hotel legoland, Billund, Danmark
Varighed: 19 sep. 201620 sep. 2016


KonferenceThe 4th International Global Network of Public Health Nursing Conference
LokationHotel legoland