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Joy of life in nursing homes: A qualitative study of what constitutes the essence of Joy of life in elderly individuals living in Norwegian nursing homes.
Scand J Caring Sci. 2018 Dec; 32(4):1468-1476.SJ

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Finding new approaches to increase positive health and well-being of elderly individuals living in nursing homes (NH) is highly warranted. Several Norwegian municipalities have implemented the certification scheme framed 'Joy of Life Nursing Home' (JOLNH). JOLNH is based on a health-promoting perspective directing elderly individuals' resources. Through health promotion, preventive and social activities across generations, NH care promotes respect, well-being, health and cultural experiences among elderly individuals.

AIMS

The aims of this study were to explore the phenomenon of Joy of life (JOL) among elderly individuals living in NHs and to provide a deeper understanding of which dimensions constitute JOL in this population.

METHODS

The present study explored the JOL phenomenon using qualitative methodology. Data were collected between December 2015 and May 2016 by individual qualitative research interviews of 29 elderly individuals who met the inclusion criteria. The informants were living in ten different NHs in two large municipalities in Norway. Prior approval was obtained from all regulatory institutions dealing with research issues and the management in both municipalities.

RESULTS

The results showed that (i) positive relations, (ii) a sense of belonging, (iii) sources of meaning, (iv) moments of feeling well, and (v) acceptance constituted the conceptualisation of the JOL phenomenon.

CONCLUSION

The dimensions constituting the JOL concept correspond to the concepts of well-being and flourishing. Knowledge of the JOL phenomenon may help professionals to target elderly individuals' health and well-being more precisely and thereby increase flourishing, JOL and well-being among them.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Department of Public Health and Nursing, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. Chief Executive Office, Trondheim Municipality, Trondheim, Norway.Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Department of Public Health and Nursing, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.Centre for Elderly and Nursing Home Medicine, Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway. Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Department of Nursing, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen, Norway.Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Department of Public Health and Nursing, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. Chief Executive Office, Trondheim Municipality, Trondheim, Norway.Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Department of Public Health and Nursing, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Department of Public Health and Nursing, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30070384

Citation

Rinnan, Eva, et al. "Joy of Life in Nursing Homes: a Qualitative Study of what Constitutes the Essence of Joy of Life in Elderly Individuals Living in Norwegian Nursing Homes." Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, vol. 32, no. 4, 2018, pp. 1468-1476.
Rinnan E, André B, Drageset J, et al. Joy of life in nursing homes: A qualitative study of what constitutes the essence of Joy of life in elderly individuals living in Norwegian nursing homes. Scand J Caring Sci. 2018;32(4):1468-1476.
Rinnan, E., André, B., Drageset, J., Garåsen, H., Espnes, G. A., & Haugan, G. (2018). Joy of life in nursing homes: A qualitative study of what constitutes the essence of Joy of life in elderly individuals living in Norwegian nursing homes. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 32(4), 1468-1476. https://doi.org/10.1111/scs.12598
Rinnan E, et al. Joy of Life in Nursing Homes: a Qualitative Study of what Constitutes the Essence of Joy of Life in Elderly Individuals Living in Norwegian Nursing Homes. Scand J Caring Sci. 2018;32(4):1468-1476. PubMed PMID: 30070384.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Joy of life in nursing homes: A qualitative study of what constitutes the essence of Joy of life in elderly individuals living in Norwegian nursing homes. AU - Rinnan,Eva, AU - André,Beate, AU - Drageset,Jorunn, AU - Garåsen,Helge, AU - Espnes,Geir Arild, AU - Haugan,Gørill, Y1 - 2018/08/02/ PY - 2017/12/01/received PY - 2018/06/11/accepted PY - 2018/8/3/pubmed PY - 2019/4/10/medline PY - 2018/8/3/entrez KW - Joy of life KW - belongingness and acceptance KW - elderly individuals KW - flourishing KW - health KW - nursing home KW - well-being SP - 1468 EP - 1476 JF - Scandinavian journal of caring sciences JO - Scand J Caring Sci VL - 32 IS - 4 N2 - BACKGROUND: Finding new approaches to increase positive health and well-being of elderly individuals living in nursing homes (NH) is highly warranted. Several Norwegian municipalities have implemented the certification scheme framed 'Joy of Life Nursing Home' (JOLNH). JOLNH is based on a health-promoting perspective directing elderly individuals' resources. Through health promotion, preventive and social activities across generations, NH care promotes respect, well-being, health and cultural experiences among elderly individuals. AIMS: The aims of this study were to explore the phenomenon of Joy of life (JOL) among elderly individuals living in NHs and to provide a deeper understanding of which dimensions constitute JOL in this population. METHODS: The present study explored the JOL phenomenon using qualitative methodology. Data were collected between December 2015 and May 2016 by individual qualitative research interviews of 29 elderly individuals who met the inclusion criteria. The informants were living in ten different NHs in two large municipalities in Norway. Prior approval was obtained from all regulatory institutions dealing with research issues and the management in both municipalities. RESULTS: The results showed that (i) positive relations, (ii) a sense of belonging, (iii) sources of meaning, (iv) moments of feeling well, and (v) acceptance constituted the conceptualisation of the JOL phenomenon. CONCLUSION: The dimensions constituting the JOL concept correspond to the concepts of well-being and flourishing. Knowledge of the JOL phenomenon may help professionals to target elderly individuals' health and well-being more precisely and thereby increase flourishing, JOL and well-being among them. SN - 1471-6712 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/30070384/Joy_of_life_in_nursing_homes:_A_qualitative_study_of_what_constitutes_the_essence_of_Joy_of_life_in_elderly_individuals_living_in_Norwegian_nursing_homes_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/scs.12598 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -