What constitutes feeling safe at home? A qualitative interview study with frail older people receiving home care
Journal article, 2021

Aim: To highlight experiences of what constitutes feeling safe at home among frail older people receiving home care. Design: Qualitative descriptive study. Methods: The sample consists of 12 individual recorded interviews with frail older people in their homes. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using qualitative content analysis. The data collection was performed in spring 2018. Results: The analysis resulted in three categories: "Having a feeling of'at-homeness'" describes the older people's surrounding environment and their efforts to maintain independence; "being able to influence" describes the importance for older people to shape their care by being in control and having an opportunity for self-determination in the context of home care; and "being able to trust staff" relates to expecting staff's knowledge and skills and to appreciating the staff's ability to create positive relations.

older people

community care


content analysis

quality and safety


Anastasia Silverglow

University of Gothenburg

Eva Liden

University of Gothenburg

Helene Berglund

University of Gothenburg

Lena Johansson

University of Gothenburg

Helle Wijk

University of Gothenburg

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering


2054-1058 (ISSN)

Vol. 8 1 191-199

Subject Categories


Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified

Gerontology, specialising in Medical and Health Sciences



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