Feriereise kan ha positiv innvirkning på pasienter med demenslidelse
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Original versionSkaar, R., & Söderhamn, U. (2012). Feriereise kan ha positiv innvirkning på pasienter med demenslidelse. Vård i Norden, 32(1), 22-26.
Aim. To gain knowledge about how a holiday trip to Spain with adapted cultural activities may affect a group of patients with dementia disorder. Background. With the increasing number of people suffering from dementia, it will be important to focus on activities that may affect well-beeing in this group. Method. A focus group interview was conducted with six healthcare workers, who participated in a trip to Spain together with six patients suffering from dementia. A qualitative content analysis was used. Findings. The findings were interpreted in one main theme: Close follow-up in unfamiliar environment and participation in adapted cultural activities may contribute to that a holiday will be a positive experience. The theme was based on three categories: Increased social competence, Increased stamina and coping ability and Good balance between activity and rest. The patients got improved language, ADL-functions and were calmer during the holyday trip. Conclusion. The study showed that patients who suffer from dementia have hidden resources that can be made visible through close monitoring by healthcare workers with good knowledge of people with a dementia disorder. A holiday trip can be considered as a positive experience for the target group.
Published version of an article in the journal: Vård i Norden