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Open Access Building a New Nest: The Experience of Women Relocating to a Seniors-Designated Apartment Building Bâtir un nouveau nid : l'expérience des femmes qui aménagent dans une maison à logements pour personnes âgées

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Although relocation has been a subject of research for the last 30 years, few studies have described the experience of relocating to congregated housing for the elderly. The purpose of this qualitative grounded theory study was to describe women's experiences of relocating to an apartment building for seniors and the factors that influence relocation. The 11 women interviewed identified the central issue in relocation as the physical and psychosocial changes entailed in constructing a supportive and aesthetically pleasing living space while maintaining a sense of well-being. The basic social process that emerged was a non-linear process comprising 3 phases. The findings offer new insights into an aspect of relocation that is rarely explored in nursing research.

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Bien que l'expérience du relogement ait fait l'objet de recherches depuis 30 ans, peu d'études se sont penchées sur l'expérience d'emménagement dans un lieu de logement collectif pour aînés. Cette étude qualitative fondée sur une théorie à base empirique a pour objectif de décrire les expériences que vivent les femmes qui aménagent dans une maison à logements pour personnes âgées et les facteurs qui influencent l'expérience de relogement. Pour les 11 femmes interviewées, la principale problématique avec laquelle elles doivent composer dans le processus de relogement est celle du rétablissement du soi – un défi imposé par les changements physiques et psychosociaux inhérents à la reconstruction d'un espace de vie soutenant et esthétiquement agréable, et le maintien d'un sentiment de bienêtre. Dans le cadre de l'étude, un processus social de base a été identifié, celui de bâtir un nouveau nid. Il s'agit d'un processus non linéaire qui comporte trois phases. Les résultats issus de cette recherche offrent de nouvelles pistes de réflexions portant sur un aspect du relogement rarement exploré par la recherche en sciences infirmières.

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Keywords: COMMUNITY LIVING; HOUSING; OLDER WOMEN; RELOCATION; TRANSITION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-12-01

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