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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

doi: 10.1097/01.ANS.0000319561.84007.f9

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.

Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri.

Corresponding Author: Eileen J. Porter, PhD, RN, S424 School of Nursing, University of Missouri–Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211 (

The project described was supported by Grant Number 1 R01 AG021971 from the National Institute on Aging. The content is solely the responsibility of the author and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute on Aging or the National Institutes of Health.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.