Preventive home visits improve Swedish seniors´ coping strategies and health
(English)In: Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Preventive home visits (PHVs) promote health in old age. Research indicates that PHVs have a positive health effect on mortality, admissions to institutions, and falls. To understand how seniors perceive PHVs and how they cope with everyday life when PHVs have ended, five individual research interviews were conducted with seniors aged 79 – 88 years. Seniors with a low degree of control over their daily life appeared to gain more from PHVs than other seniors. To help seniors to increase control seems essential if they are to lead an independent and healthy life. PHVs can contribute to positive health development by improving seniors’ sense of control over their everyday lives and processing the used coping strategies. It is important that home visitors understand how the different coping strategies used by seniors affect health.
Preventive home visits, grounded theory, old people, ageing, Sweden, coping strategies
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject Social Medicine
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-25643OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-25643DiVA: diva2:232820