Geriatric care: ways and means of providing comfort

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Objective: To know the ways and means of comfort perceived by the older adults hospitalized in a medical service. Method:: Ethnographic study with a qualitative approach. We conducted semi-structured interviews with 22 older adults and participant observation of care situations. Results: The ways and means of providing comfort are centered on strategies for promoting care mobilized by nurses and recognized by patients(clarifying/informing, positive interaction/communication, music therapy, touch, smile, unconditional presence, empathy/proximity relationship, integrating the older adult or the family as partner in the care, relief of discomfort through massage/mobilization/therapy) and on particular moments of comfort (the first contact, the moment of personal hygiene, and the visit of the family), which constitute the foundation of care/comfort. Final considerations: Geriatric care is built on the relationship that is established and complete with meaning, and is based on the meeting/interaction between the actors under the influence of the context in which they are inserted. The different ways and means of providing comfort aim to facilitate/increase care, relieve discomfort and/or invest in potential comfort.
Translated title of the contributionO cuidado geriátrico: modos e formas de confortar
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)830-837
Number of pages8
JournalRevista Brasileira de Enfermagem
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017


  • Geriatric nursing
  • Aged
  • Hospitalization
  • Delivery of health care
  • Hospice care


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