«Jeg mangler en halvdel» – ægtefællers oplevelse af plejehjemsflytning
- Side: 191-205
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.18261/issn.1903-2285-2019-03-03
- Publisert på Idunn: 2019-09-04
- Publisert: 2019-09-04
Background: Moving one’s spouse with dementia to a nursing home is a complicated and stressful affair.
Aim: The purpose of this study was to get insights into relatives’ experiences of moving a spouse with dementia to a nursing home.
Method: Semi-structured interviews were held with five relatives in Denmark, all of whom had placed their spouses with dementia in a nursing home.
Results: Nursing home-placement was described in three different phases (1) Dealing with an untenable situation; (2) Meeting the changes of a new life situation, and (3) Getting on with a new life: a process containing nine main themes, which was characterized both by relief, but also symptoms of burden, grief and feelings of guilt, failure and loss.
Conclusion: Focus on the three phases and the related main themes of the ‘nursing home-placement-phenomenon’, can be useful and helpful for nurses, in their support and care for these relativeKeywords: care, dementia, experience, nursing home, spouses