The experiences of elderly people living at home related to their receiving meals distributed by a municipality in Sweden

Zada Pajalic, Lena Persson, Albert Westergren, Vanja Berggren, Kirsti Skovdahl

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Abstract

The purpose of the study was to describe the experiences of elderly people, living at home who receive hot meals that are distributed by their municipality. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyse the (n=13) interviews. The results showed that feelings of dependency, loneliness and gratitude were expressed by the participants in the study related to their meals being delivered home. Dependency was expressed as not having influence over the food products the meals were made from. Loneliness was expressed as being isolated and being confined at home alone due to difficulties getting out of the house, which was associated with the costs of taxis transportation. Gratitude was expressed by the sincere thanks for the possibility of receiving traditional meals delivered daily.

The major conclusion of the study was the indication that greater attention should be paid to meet both the practical and psychological needs of elderly people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-78
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Food Research
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Nutrition and Dietetics (30304)

Keywords

  • Action research
  • Distribution of meals
  • Elderly people
  • Home-living

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