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Vitenskapelig foredrag

Volunteering, everyday life and home dwelling elderly people

  • Kjersti Helene Haarr


Navn på arrangementet: Critical Perspective on Person, Care and Aging
Sted: Bergen
Dato fra: 15. mai 2019
Dato til: 16. mai 2019


Arrangørnavn: The research network of care philosophy (Omsorgens grunnlag

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Vitenskapelig foredrag
Publiseringsår: 2019

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Volunteering, everyday life and home dwelling elderly people


Volunteering, everyday life and home dwelling elderly people


Based on the global phenomenon of demographic changes, this is significant for an elderly generation where a larger part of health and care services offered in the future will be closer to their home and to suit individuals´ everyday life. Volunteers are, according to Norwegian Governmental papers, expected to complement the public sector health and welfare services, even more now than earlier years. The purpose of this study is to elucidate voluntary initiatives and forms of citizenship that already exist in smaller communities, connected to home-based services and everyday rehabilitation. The key question investigated in this study is: What dilemmas can occur between the public sector, volunteers and elderly people needing support to live day-to-day at home? Data for this research was derived from various qualitative approaches, such as interviews with volunteers and public sector employees, participation in local meetings and events, as well as observations while “walk-and-talk”. After monitoring two municipalities over a three-year period, we experienced that public sector employees and volunteers share a willingness to co-operate. Simultaneously, we realised that a common co-operative strategy needs effort, and that cooperation still is challenging and dependent on individuals; thus highly unreliable. New dilemmas may occur where volunteers are co-operating with the public sector, whether the elderly is living at home or at an institution. Our results were thematically organised pertaining to tradition and topography, belonging and affiliation, time and mutuality, as well as competence and high political and administrative expectations. The results are discussed supportet by Wilcock and Hockings (2015) theories about doing, being, belonging and becoming, which all are essential aspects of health and wellbeing also for persons in high age. According to our conversations, co-operation is mainly occuring in relation to cultural gatherings and other events at local retirement homes and institutions. Co-operation in relation to requirements for elderly citizens living at home needing support for every-day activities, is rarely brought up. In ither words, will there be a potential for better adaptation between requirements and voluntary work offered. Keywords: homebased care and welfare, elderly, volunteers, competences and co-operation, qualitative methods


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Kjersti Helene Haarr

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