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Home care nurses lived experiences of caring relationships with older adults: A phenomenological study
University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare. Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare University of Borås Borås Sweden.ORCID iD: 0009-0000-4206-6313
University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare. Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare University of Borås Borås Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7488-4038
University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare. Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare University of Borås Borås Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4719-5610
Birmingham City University Birmingham UK.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9355-8059
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2023 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Background: This paper describes registered nurses' lived experiences of caring relationships in the context of homecare provision for older adults living in Denmark. With the growing ageing population throughout Europe, more older adults will require complex care solutions within already overburdened care systems. This development places demands on the competencies and organisation of homecare nurses, as they become key players in healthcare systems. Fostering caring relationships in homecare is a rewarding and valuable process that enhances the holistic and humanising aspects of caring for older adults. For a caring relationship to be truly caring, we must understand not only the subjective experience of such a relationship but also how it is experienced in relation to and shared with others. Aim: This study aimed to describe the essential meaning of the phenomenon of caring relationships in homecare for older adults based on the lived experiences of homecare nurses. Approach and Methods: Registered nurses working in homecare for older adults were interviewed, and a phenomenological analysis was conducted according to the methodological principles of the reflective lifeworld research approach. Findings: The essential meaning of the phenomenon is described as creating an existential and embodied space in which each patient's world is the foundation of caring. The constituents are as follows: caring for the whole person, a sense of ‘at-homeness’ through trusting ‘the other’, experiencing continuity as caring and prioritising the time to care. Conclusion: Caring competence in homecare for older adults relies on a nurse's ability to intertwine physical and existential care needs and articulate them in their daily work. A focus on the phenomenon of caring relationships brings value to and adds an extra layer to the discussion on caring competence.

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2023.
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caring competence, caring relationship, caring science, existential care, homecare, lifeworld, older adults, phenomenology, reflective lifeworld research, registered nurses
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Nursing
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The Human Perspective in Care
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-30637DOI: 10.1111/scs.13217ISI: 001070388100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85172278121OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-30637DiVA, id: diva2:1806168
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European Commission, 813928University of BoråsAvailable from: 2023-10-19 Created: 2023-10-19 Last updated: 2024-02-01Bibliographically approved

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