Occupational performance and strategies for managing daily life among the elderly with heart failure
2014 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, E-ISSN 1651-2014, Vol. 21, no 5, 392-399 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this study was to describe experiences of limitations in occupational performance and strategies for managing daily activities among the elderly with chronic heart failure (CHF).
Ten participants from primary healthcare with a confirmed diagnosis of CHF were interviewed. The interviews were analysed using qualitative content analysis.
Results: The first theme, "Redefining an active life, aware of one's impaired body", was based on four sub-themes: realizing one's limited activity ability; striving to preserve an active life; focusing on meaningful activities; and changing vs. not changing habits and roles. The second theme, "Planning activities and balancing the degree of effort", was based on three sub-themes: limiting, organizing, and rationalizing activities; adjusting activities to today's ability; and using technology and adapting the environment.
Elderly people with CHF are struggling with an ongoing process of occupational adaptation due to periodical physical decline and fluctuating day-to-day ability. This highlights a need for information on strategies from a holistic perspective and client-centred occupational therapy interventions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 21, no 5, 392-399 p.
activities of daily living, ageing, occupational adaptation, occupational balance, occupational therapy, qualitative design
Environmental Health and Occupational Health
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-93826DOI: 10.3109/11038128.2014.911955ISI: 000341232000008PubMedID: 24878004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-93826DiVA: diva2:753574