Negotiating and effectuating relocation to sheltered housing in old age: a Swedish study over 11 years

Nygren, Carita and Iwarsson, Susanne (2009) Negotiating and effectuating relocation to sheltered housing in old age: a Swedish study over 11 years. European Journal of Ageing, 6 3: 177-189. doi:10.1007/s10433-009-0121-0

Author Nygren, Carita
Iwarsson, Susanne
Title Negotiating and effectuating relocation to sheltered housing in old age: a Swedish study over 11 years
Journal name European Journal of Ageing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1613-9372
Publication date 2009-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10433-009-0121-0
Open Access Status
Volume 6
Issue 3
Start page 177
End page 189
Total pages 13
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract The aim of this study was to explore how very old people consider and arrive at decisions on relocation, with specific attention to housing and health relationships during the process of ageing. The sample included 13 very old participants of an 11-year longitudinal study of relationships between housing and health. Applying a mixed-methods approach, data from qualitative interviews and quantitative survey data from three data collection waves were utilised. The quantitative data were interwoven with the qualitative findings into a coherent body of text. The core theme 'Negotiating and effectuating relocation is a long process' indicates a non-linear process consisting of five phases constituting the main categories of our findings. In the first phase, some informants considered relocation while others avoided thinking about it. Next, relations between health and home changed and led to turning points triggering relocation, i.e. when dependence in everyday activities reached critical points or when sudden illness forced an involuntary move. In the third phase, once the decision to relocate was made it was set in stone by the individual, but often questioned by the authorities, leading to a situation causing much frustration. While waiting for the relocation, doubts as well as expectations about the new home were expressed. Finally, even though the actual move caused different feelings, it was most often a positive experience and resulted in subjective health improvement and increased social contacts. The results can be used for the development of positive, proactive strategies for improved housing provision along the ageing process.
Keyword Health
Mixed methods
Qualitative data
Quantitative data
Relocation process
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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