“They're always in a hurry” : Older people's perceptions of access and recognition in health and social care services
Tiilikainen, E., Hujala, A., Kannasoja, S., Rissanen, S., & Närhi, K. (2019). “They're always in a hurry” : Older people's perceptions of access and recognition in health and social care services. Health and Social Care in the Community, 27(4), 1011-1018. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12718
Published inHealth and Social Care in the Community
© 2019 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
The article examines older people's perceptions of quality of life from the perspective of access and use of health and social care services. The data include focus group discussions with older people living alone. The data were analysed using thematic analysis focusing on the older people's collective views on health and social care services as supportive or restrictive factors for their quality of life. Two central themes were present in all the focus group discussions: the importance of accessing services and information regarding the services, and need for recognition within the services/by the professionals. Both themes were connected to the older people's desire to maintain autonomy in their everyday life despite increasing functional disabilities, which was seen as an important factor of quality of life. The older people felt that accessing and finding information about the services was difficult, and dependent on the professional's good will and the older person's own financial resources. Within the services, older people experienced a lack of recognition of their own personhood and individual needs. The participants felt that they were easily bypassed and left out of negotiations regarding their own care. The article highlights the importance of developing health and social care services and practices towards a more holistic approach recognising older people's individual needs. ...
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