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The experiences of elderly people living at home related to their receiving meals distributed by a municipality in Sweden
Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Hälsovetenskap. Kristianstad University, Research Environment PRO-CARE. Kristianstad University, Forskningsplattformen Hälsa i samverkan.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1212-293X
Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Hälsovetenskap.
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Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Hälsovetenskap.
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2012 (English)In: Journal of Food Research, ISSN 1927-0887, Vol. 1, no 1, 68-78 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of the study was to describe the experiences of elderly people, living at home who receive hot meals that are distributed by their municipality. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyse the (n=13) interviews. The results showed that feelings of dependency, loneliness and gratitude were expressed by the participants in the study related to their meals being delivered home. Dependency was expressed as not having influence over the food products the meals were made from. Loneliness was expressed as being isolated and being confined at home alone due to difficulties getting out of the house, which was associated with the costs of taxis transportation. Gratitude was expressed by the sincere thanks for the possibility of receiving traditional meals delivered daily.

The major conclusion of the study was the indication that greater attention should be paid to meet both the practical and psychological needs of elderly people.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 1, no 1, 68-78 p.
Keyword [en]
Action research, Elderly people, Distribution of meals, Home-living
National Category
Nutrition and Dietetics
URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-8956DOI: 10.5539/jfr.v1n1p68OAI: diva2:488054
Available from: 2012-02-01 Created: 2012-02-01 Last updated: 2014-10-14Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Matdistribution till hemmaboende äldre personer ur flera perspektiv
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Matdistribution till hemmaboende äldre personer ur flera perspektiv
2013 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The overall aim of this study was to gain insight into municipal food distribution from several perspectives: that of the clients, mainly elderly people, and also from the perspectives of different professionals and decision makers. An action research approach was chosen, as the characteristics of this method were deemed to be correct in relation to the basic aim of the study. This thesis is based on four empirical studies. Study I aimed to explore various professionals’ experiences of involvement in food distribution (FD) in order to get a comprehensive understanding of the organization, responsibilities and roles. The results showed that FD is a fragmentary intervention where a comprehensive perspective and clear roles of responsibility are lacking. Study II aimed to gain insight and to describe the experiences of home-living elderly people who receive hot meals distributed by their municipality. The results showed that there were feelings of dependency, and loneliness among the elderly participants, however they also expressed gratitude for the opportunity to have their meals delivered to their home.  Study III aimed to describe how the professionals can identify needs for improvement and improve the municipal FD service to home living elderly people. The need to update and increase the FD recipient’s knowledge in nutrition by sending information letters was found to be an important area to focus on. Evaluation of letters resulted in the decision to continue preparing and distributing information letters to all FD recipients twice a year and to make the information letters assessable on the websites of the six municipalities and county councils involved. Study IV aimed to describe the decision maker’s views on FD and to report their suggestions for which areas reported from studies I-III should be taken into consideration as starting points to improve the municipal FD. The findings resulted in the decisions to monitor the elderly’s health and wellbeing while providing FD and to increase the professionals’ competence and to create a forum for inter-professional communication. In conclusion, this thesis illustrates that there is a necessity to identify the needs for general improvement of FD by involving the participants and to start out from their personal experiences and in their own context.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2013. 81 p.
, Örebro Studies in Care Sciences, ISSN 1652-1153 ; 43
Action Research, Facilitation, Food Distribution, Story Dialogue Method, Home-living Elderly People.
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Medical and Health Sciences
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-10790 (URN)978-91-7668-924-0 (ISBN)
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2013-05-10, Hörsal P2 Prismahuset, Örebro Universitet, Örebro, Örebro, 12:11 (Swedish)
Available from: 2013-08-09 Created: 2013-07-21 Last updated: 2014-10-14Bibliographically approved

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