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Table 1 Summary of the emergent themes, and core theme

From: What matters to you when the nursing is your home: a qualitative study on the views of residents with dementia living in nursing homes

Examples of patients’ responses Code Theme Over-arching theme
“We’re a weird bunch getting together here, but we’re not together ... That’s what makes us so different.” (P28) Fellow residents a resource and a burden Myself and my relationships with fellow residents Tensions between the experiences of a nursing home being a home and an institution
Community
Loneliness
Mercy
New friendship
Diversity
Respect
They’re old ones here, and it’s hard to ask them any questions, so that’s not what I’m about to do, because it could be misconstrued if I go around asking questions. As a nurse, I see what needs to be done, to improve things. I know I could talk more with the patients. They are old ones who are here and unable to think about what they used to have or do. If it is reading, I read to them, but they can’t do it, it would be they upside down.” (P17) Passivity
Activity
To align themselves
Reading
Indulgence
Initiative
Attention
“Here you do not have to worry about anything. I sleep in the evening and get up in the morning and it couldn’t have been nicer.” (P8) Safety Creation of individualised living spaces
Sleep safe
Relax
No worries
Autonomy
Empowerment
‘In a way, I feel slightly at home, but now, I’m so forgetful that I don’t remember if it’s Dad or me who was here. Who owns this room in a way?’ (P15) Fear
Insecure
Confusion
Forgetful
Powerlessness
Lack of control