חווייתם של אנשים בגיל זיקנה שמונה להם אפוטרופוס

Translated title of the contribution: The experience of older persons under guardianship

מיה שמיר, ישראל דורון

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Abstract

Background: Guardianship is a legal framework designed to protect people who are unable to manage their own affairs. However, this legal instrument can significantly infringe on human rights and independence. Various studies in the field have pointed to the complex dimensions of guardianship. However, so far very limited attention has been given to the voices of older persons with legal guardians.Aims: The study aimed to capture and understand the experiences of older people with legal guardians.Methods: Ten older people with legal guardians participated in this phenomenological qualitative study, and were interveiwed using a semi-structured interview-guide.Main findings: The qualitative analysis revealed three major themes, which indicate that the experience of being a ward is a complex one with internal contradictions between the desire for independence and the desire for protection and support. Conclusions and implications for practice/policy: The study indicates that the reality of being with a legal guardian in old age is a complex one. Alongside those who experience guardianship as offensive and demeaning, there are those for whom the experience of guardianship is integrated into their life story and provides a response to their unique need for protection and human contact. The recommendations emanating from this study call for a change in the policy and practical recommendations regarding the relationship between the older wards and their guardians.
Translated title of the contributionThe experience of older persons under guardianship
Original languageHebrew
Pages (from-to)349-373
Number of pages25
Journalחברה ורווחה: רבעון לעבודה סוציאלית
Volumeמ'
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 2020

IHP Publications

  • ihp
  • Aging
  • Capacity and disability -- Israel
  • Experience
  • Guardian and ward
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Older people
  • אפוטרופסות
  • זהות (פסיכולוגיה)
  • זקנה והזדקנות
  • חוויה (פסיכולוגיה)
  • חוק הכשרות המשפטית והאפוטרופסות, התשכ"ב- 1962
  • כשרות משפטית
  • קשישים

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