Et hjem på institutionen – En undersøgelse af ældres oplevelser på et københavnsk plejehjem

Alejandro M. Savio

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This thesis aims to investigate some of the practical implications of the apparent dichotomy between the conceptions of institution and home found within eldercare in Denmark. The research is based on a case study of a well-managed public nursing home in Copenhagen. It focuses, on the one hand, upon the power relations that take place between the nursing staff and the residents as well as other typical features of institutional practices. On the other hand, the analysis explores how the residents experience the possibility to create their home and the feeling of being home within the institution. Theoretically the thesis approaches home as a phenomenological domain while institution is seen as a sociological phenomenon with emphasis placed upon the way human relations and institutional practices affect residents’ everyday life. This is then used to analyse the qualitative data acquired through one and a half months of participant observation in the nursing home Rundskuedagens Plejecenter. The study concludes that home and institution should not conceptually be seen as an antitheses but, on the other hand, should be considered as complementary to each other. Homes, on the one hand, can have characteristics which are normally perceived as typical of institutional settings. Institutional practices on the other hand can support residents in the process of transforming the apartments within the institution, into their own homes.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatGeografi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato12 apr. 2013
VejledereSchmidt Garbi & Schjøtt Philipsen Carsten


  • omsorg
  • institution
  • Ældrekommission
  • magt
  • kultur
  • plejehjem
  • hjem
  • praksis
  • rum
  • sundhed