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Siira, H., Elo, S., Kyngäs, H., & Falck, A. (2020). Well-being Supportive Home Environment of Elderly People with Visual Impairments and Health-related Quality of Life. Activities, Adaptation & Aging, 1–17.

Well-being supportive home environment of elderly people with visual impairments and health-related quality of life

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Author: Siira, H.1,2; Elo, S.3; Kyngäs, H.1;
Organizations: 1Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Department of Ophthalmology, Medical Research Center and PEDEGO Research Unit, University of Oulu and Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
3Master School, Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Kemi, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-10-04


The aim of this study was to describe the well-being supportive home environment of elderly people (n = 37) with visual impairment (VI) and its relationship with health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Data were collected during home visits six (6) months after the commencement of individual low vision rehabilitation (LVR) process. A structured well-being supportive environment instrument and a general HRQoL instrument were administered. Background variables had no detectable effect on the HRQoL. The HRQoL correlated significantly with the symbolic environment, living-related fears and feelings of general restrictiveness. The participants generally saw their home environment to be comfortable and supportive of well-being, but many felt that their life was too much restricted to home environment.

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Series: Activities, adaptation & aging
ISSN: 0192-4788
ISSN-E: 1544-4368
ISSN-L: 0192-4788
Volume: In press
DOI: 10.1080/01924788.2020.1823789
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
Copyright information: © 2020 Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Activities, Adaptation & Aging on 04 Oct 2020, available online: