The lived experience of a 24-hour support center for persons with psychiatric disabilities: Making me feel almost like an ordinary person


This study illuminates nine psychiatric disabled persons’ lived experience of a newly established community-based service center open around the clock. This new 24-hour support center (SC) was established in 2011 in a Swedish community to better match and facilitate the disabled persons’ needs. In order to illuminate the disabled person’s experiences individual interview was performed. A phenomenological-hermeneutical method inspired by Paul Ricoeur was used to interpret the texts. After a naive reading, a structural analysis revealed two themes: 1), becoming aware of myself as a person, and 2) having a lifeline and belongingness. The comprehensive understanding was interpreted as meaning “Making me feel almost like an ordinary person”, which incorporated the person’s past with their present together with a direction for the future and hope for a more fulfilling life.

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Janlöv, A. , Persson, I. and Berg, A. (2014) The lived experience of a 24-hour support center for persons with psychiatric disabilities: Making me feel almost like an ordinary person. Open Journal of Nursing, 4, 42-50. doi: 10.4236/ojn.2014.41007.

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