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How individuals with dementia in nursing homes maintain their dignity through life storytelling - a case study.
J Clin Nurs. 2015 Aug; 24(15-16):2323-30.JC

Abstract

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The aim of this article was to present and discuss findings on what individuals with dementia do by themselves to maintain or promote their dignity of identity when they live in a nursing home.

BACKGROUND

The majority of residents living in Norwegian nursing homes suffer from dementia. Individuals who suffer from dementia are particularly vulnerable, and their dignity of identity is at risk. It is therefore of great importance to explore how we can maintain their dignity of identity.

DESIGN

The study builds on a phenomenological and hermeneutic design.

METHODS

The article reports three cases or life stories based on participant observation in two different nursing homes and interviews with five residents with dementia living in these nursing homes. Fifteen residents with dementia from these nursing home wards were included in the overall study.

RESULTS

Individuals with dementia living in nursing homes may use life storytelling or narratives to manage chaos and to find safety in their lives. Storytelling is also used as a way to present and maintain identity. We can see this as a way of maintaining dignity of identity or social dignity.

CONCLUSION

Life storytelling can be seen as an important way of preserving dignity for people with dementia. It is of great importance that health care professionals are open to and listen to the life stories people with dementia tell.

RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE

As nurses we have an obligation to ensure that dignity is enhanced in care for people with dementia. Knowledge about how residents with dementia use life storytelling as a way to maintain dignity is therefore of great importance to health care workers in nursing homes.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Oslo, Norway.Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25895057

Citation

Heggestad, Anne Kari Tolo, and Åshild Slettebø. "How Individuals With Dementia in Nursing Homes Maintain Their Dignity Through Life Storytelling - a Case Study." Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol. 24, no. 15-16, 2015, pp. 2323-30.
Heggestad AK, Slettebø Å. How individuals with dementia in nursing homes maintain their dignity through life storytelling - a case study. J Clin Nurs. 2015;24(15-16):2323-30.
Heggestad, A. K., & Slettebø, Å. (2015). How individuals with dementia in nursing homes maintain their dignity through life storytelling - a case study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24(15-16), 2323-30. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.12837
Heggestad AK, Slettebø Å. How Individuals With Dementia in Nursing Homes Maintain Their Dignity Through Life Storytelling - a Case Study. J Clin Nurs. 2015;24(15-16):2323-30. PubMed PMID: 25895057.
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TY - JOUR T1 - How individuals with dementia in nursing homes maintain their dignity through life storytelling - a case study. AU - Heggestad,Anne Kari Tolo, AU - Slettebø,Åshild, Y1 - 2015/04/20/ PY - 2015/01/26/accepted PY - 2015/4/21/entrez PY - 2015/4/22/pubmed PY - 2016/3/5/medline KW - dementia KW - dignity KW - identity KW - life storytelling KW - narrative KW - nursing home SP - 2323 EP - 30 JF - Journal of clinical nursing JO - J Clin Nurs VL - 24 IS - 15-16 N2 - AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this article was to present and discuss findings on what individuals with dementia do by themselves to maintain or promote their dignity of identity when they live in a nursing home. BACKGROUND: The majority of residents living in Norwegian nursing homes suffer from dementia. Individuals who suffer from dementia are particularly vulnerable, and their dignity of identity is at risk. It is therefore of great importance to explore how we can maintain their dignity of identity. DESIGN: The study builds on a phenomenological and hermeneutic design. METHODS: The article reports three cases or life stories based on participant observation in two different nursing homes and interviews with five residents with dementia living in these nursing homes. Fifteen residents with dementia from these nursing home wards were included in the overall study. RESULTS: Individuals with dementia living in nursing homes may use life storytelling or narratives to manage chaos and to find safety in their lives. Storytelling is also used as a way to present and maintain identity. We can see this as a way of maintaining dignity of identity or social dignity. CONCLUSION: Life storytelling can be seen as an important way of preserving dignity for people with dementia. It is of great importance that health care professionals are open to and listen to the life stories people with dementia tell. RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: As nurses we have an obligation to ensure that dignity is enhanced in care for people with dementia. Knowledge about how residents with dementia use life storytelling as a way to maintain dignity is therefore of great importance to health care workers in nursing homes. SN - 1365-2702 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/25895057/How_individuals_with_dementia_in_nursing_homes_maintain_their_dignity_through_life_storytelling___a_case_study_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.12837 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -