Sällskapsdjurens betydelse i omvårdnaden av den äldre människan : En litteraturstudie

by Larsson, Ann-Charlotte; Gratgård, Marie

Abstract (Summary)
Background: Through thousands of year people and domestic animal have been living side by side. Earlier studies have focused on the physiological, psychological and sociological effects pets have on humans.Aim: The aim of this literature review was to examine which meaning pets have in the caring of the elderly people.Method: For this literature review, data was collected from the databasesCinahl and Swemed. In the studie a method processing in eight steps according to Polit and Beck (2004) was used. During analyse three main categories appeared. These three categories were, pets meaning of the elderly people, pets as therapy and problems which can appear when elderly people want to socialize with pets.Result: The result showed that pets have an important role in the daily life of many elderly people. For the elderly people, pets can be the most important relation and sometimes the only close relation they have. Pet therapy indicates that it is a good complement to other treatment therapies for the elderly people.Conclusion: Elderly people feel good when they socialize with pets. Pets bring a nice atmosphere in their environment.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Högskolan i Skövde

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:elderly pets pet therapy aat


Date of Publication:08/14/2008

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