Chronically ill, old, and institutionalized: Being a nursing home resident

Hava Golander*

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An ethnography of an Israeli nursing ward is used to conceptualize four basic dilemmas that constitute the life world of residents: (1) new modes of somatic attention developed in the face of bodily decrepitude, (2) maintenance of social relations from a dependent position, (3) reconstruction of self-images in the context of identity fragmentation, and (4) redefining of subjective temporality within a cyclical ward routine. This article discusses how the combined workings of chronic illness, aging, and institutionalization are expressed in and molded through the practical solutions found to these dilemmas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-79
Number of pages17
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1995


  • Chronic illness
  • Elderly
  • Ethnography
  • Long-term care
  • Nursing home


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