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Table 3 Respondents’ health change and social network change in the life stage of ‘old age’

From: The impact of social network change and health decline: a qualitative study on experiences of older adults who are ageing in place

Respondent Health change Social network change
Nr. Gender Health decline before hospital admission - concerning the life stage of ‘old age’ Health decline after hospital admission - compared to health status before admission Addition of people Loss of people Change of existing relations
1 F Regular aging with negligible health decline Small Home care professionals No Receiving support from a few close friends
2 M Large decline due to chronic illness in past decade Small Home care professionals Wife, Friends Receiving more support from son and daughter-in-law
3 M Regular aging with negligible health decline Large Home care professionals and rehabilitation professionals Wife, Friends Receiving more support from daughter and granddaughter
4 F Large decline due to chronic illness in past two years Small Home care professionals Family, Friends Only reciprocal relations with family members and friends remained
5 M Regular aging with negligible health decline Large Home care professionals, biological sister Friends More intense contacts with friends/neighbours; only superficial contact left with biological sister
6 F Regular aging with negligible health decline Small Home care professionals Acquaintances Receiving more support from daughters
7 M Large decline due to chronic illness in past two years Large Home care professionals Friends/ Acquaintances Receiving more support from (grand)children; less contact with friends/acquaintances