Thriving in nursing homes in Norway: contributing aspects described by residents

Int J Nurs Stud. 2006 Aug;43(6):681-91. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2005.09.006. Epub 2005 Oct 25.


Background and objectives: Knowledge about residents' perception of what contributes to well-being and thriving in nursing homes is scarce. The aim of this study was to investigate mentally lucid residents' perspective on what contributes to thriving in a nursing home.

Design: A qualitative study with a descriptive-exploratory design.

Settings: Two nursing homes in Norway.

Participants: 26 mentally lucid nursing home residents.

Methods: Data collection comprised participant observation and open-ended interviews.

Results: Two core aspects contributing to thriving were identified: The residents' attitude towards living in a nursing home and the quality of care and caregivers. The residents' attitude was the innermost core aspect. Five additional aspects contributing to thriving were identified: Positive peer relationships, participation in meaningful activities, opportunities to go outside the ward or nursing home, positive relationships with family, and qualities in the physical environment.

Conclusion: Several factors contribute to an experience of thriving. The findings challenge the 'traditional' passive role of residents by documenting their active contributions to their level of thriving in a nursing home.

MeSH terms

  • Aged / psychology*
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Health Facility Environment / organization & administration
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Human Development
  • Humans
  • Interior Design and Furnishings / standards
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Leisure Activities
  • Male
  • Models, Psychological
  • Norway
  • Nursing Homes / organization & administration*
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Peer Group
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Qualitative Research
  • Quality of Health Care / standards*
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Social Support
  • Surveys and Questionnaires