Happiness in Elderly Living in Nursing Home: a Single Case Study

Vitriyanti Sukarno Karyo
Universitas Indonesia, Faculty of Psychology, Indonesia

Statistical data showed that there was 20.5 million elderly in Indonesia. Four millions of them were homeless. To overcome this situation, Indonesian government provided free nursing home. Most of the residents were forcedly taken by officers from the streets and a small portion of them came to live in the nursing home by them self. High number of neglected elderly and lack of facilities owned by the nursing home could make the services and capacity was not optimal. This situation could lead to lack of happiness in some elderly which in turn impact to the situation in the nursing home. In this study, we used qualitative analysis with the deep interview. The sample of this study was TM, 75 years old woman who live in the nursing home. Since her arrival, the situation in the nursing home became less comfortable not only for the other members but also for the officer, which in turn influence the happiness of all stakeholder’s in the nursing home. The number of conflicts was escalated. The result showed that TM was cheerless so that she often initiate conflict toward her environment. TM also evaluated herself as the most beautiful and attractive woman in the nursing home and she was disturbed by her roommate that was more popular than her. She reportedly had a narcissistic, aggressive, and immature tendency. TM was diagnosed to have phase of life problems, especially problem associated with the nursing home. To explore deeper TM’s problems and reduce unpleasant situation in the nursing home, counselling to foster insight that TM couldn’t control everyone to love her and fulfil her needs and applying Acceptance and Commitment Therapy can be used as a preventive action.
Keywords: Happiness, Elderly, Nursing Home, Qualitative, Deep Interview
JEL Codes: I, I31

International Conference on International Trade Abstract Book/ editörler Kürşat Çapraz Irina Raluca Badea

İstanbul: Hiperlink Yayınları, 2018.



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