Self-Care Experiences in Preventing Recurrent Fall among Older Persons

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Kanokporn Somtrakul
Siriphan Sasat

Abstract

Purpose: To describe and interpret the self-care experiences in preventing recurrent falls among older persons.


Design: Qualitative research based on the phenomenological approach of Martin Heidegger (1962)


Methods: Twelve elderly subjects were selected according to purposive sampling. Collecting data by in-depth interviews and tape recording. Then, the data were transcribed and analyzed based on Benner’s approach (1985).


Finding: Self-care experiences in preventing fall recurrence among older persons consisted of five themes, including 1) The causes of fall were carelessness or misfortune. 2) Variety of feelings from the fall, the subjects did not want to experience anymore. 3) After the fall, they were able to assess their condition immediately and seeking medical treatment. 4) Prevent falls, Must be conscious of every step, Be careful, ready to adapt. And 5) Families are involved to help prevent falling.


Conclusion: The findings serve as basic information for health care professionals to promote awareness of self-care for preventing fall recurrence in older persons and their families, which will contribute to the development of sustainable self-care.

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