The impact of shareholding networks for facilitating care in rural Thailand
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Original versionVoraroon, S., Hellzen, P. O., Enmarker, I. C., Meebunmak, Y. & Devik, S. A. (2019). The impact of shareholding networks for facilitating care in rural Thailand. Geriatric Nursing, 40(4), 392-398. doi: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2019.01.002
This study explored the existential meaning of being a participant in shareholding networks for the care of older people in Thailand. Ten older persons were interviewed about their experiences of participating in the networks. A reflective lifeworld perspective based on phenomenological philosophy was used. The findings show that participating in shareholding network activities entails an always-present existence of aging intertwined with life. Its constituents further describe the essential meaning of the phenomenon: “experience of improved self-management”, “feeling of increased self-esteem”, and “bridging a gap in the care of older people”. Participation in shareholding network activities means keeping contact with oneself and being able to have a life that corresponds to how one perceives oneself to be and must therefore be understood from a holistic perspective. The present study recommends that older persons’ need for support include places where safe and profound reflection on existential issues.