The Essence of Home: Understanding Older People's Experience of Home.
(2013) The Essence of Home: Understanding Older People's Experience of Home., no. 65.
The shift of care to the community has brought with it an additional focus on the importance of the home environment to older people. The home is the place people spend the majority of their time as they age and the resulting attachment to this environment brings with it a unique experience for this client group. These unique experiences and the important meanings attached to this significant environment are outlined in the subsequent literature review in order to develop an "essence" of home for older people that can consequently inform client centred occupational therapy practice. From reviewing the literature, the need for an exploration of older people's experiences of receiving adaptations within their home is required, in order to ascertain the quality of current client centred practice of occupational therapists within the home and to distinguish whether occupational therapist's existing recognition of the importance of the home environment to older people is sufficient. An interpretive phenomenological methodology has been utilised along with a semi-structured in-depth interview that has been designed to explore this phenomenon with older people, who have received a home adaptation following community occupational therapy involvement.