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Advances in Nursing Science:
doi: 10.1097/01.ANS.0000319561.84007.f9
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Contemplating What I Would Do If Someone Got in My House: Intentions of Older Homebound Women Living Alone

Porter, Eileen J. PhD, RN

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Abstract

There is little research guiding interventions to help old homebound women prepare to manage an intrusion event. During a phenomenological study of the experience of reaching help quickly, I compared intentions during a possible intrusion event for 9 women subscribing to a personal emergency response system and 5 nonsubscribers. The phenomenon of contemplating what I would do if an intruder got in my home had 4 components. Only 2 personal emergency response system subscribers voiced the definitive intention to use the personal emergency response system. Findings underpin a new empirical perspective of competence grounded in situations relevant to living alone at home rather than specific tasks of daily living.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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