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Trnka, Mia Therese, 2024. Bridging Nature and Care : nurturing Individuals with Dementia in a Residential Care Facility in Denmark. Second cycle, A2E. Alnarp: SLU, Dept. of People and Society



The global demographic shift towards an aging population, with a projected 22% of the world over
60 by 2050, presents a significant challenge because of the soaring rates of dementia, carrying
profound economic, political, and social consequences. Research emphasizes the potential of naturebased
interventions in improving the well-being of individuals with dementia. However, practical implementation in residential care facilities remains limited.
This thesis investigates the integration of a nature-based care culture for residents with dementia in
a real-world residential care facility context, focusing on the crucial role of healthcare professionals
and environmental qualities. Using an intrinsic single case study design, the research centers on a
residential care facility in Denmark that has successfully integrated nature into its care culture. It
employs qualitative research methods, including interviews and place analysis, to address research
Focus group and joint walk-along interview were conducted to explore healthcare professionals' roles
in nature- based care cultures. Participants were purposefully selected, including four healthcare
professionals of varying backgrounds in the focus group and a healthcare professional and a project
manager from a previous nature and outdoor life project in the joint interview. Indoor and outdoor
environments were assessed using the Quality Evaluation Tool and Principal Model in four zones of
contact with the outdoors.
According to the research findings, integrating a nature-based care culture within a residential care
facility depends on motivated healthcare professionals, employing nature-based interventions.
Emphasizing the need for supportive environments, strong leadership, and volunteers. The
identification of a 'prime mover,' a healthcare professional responsible for planning and executing
nature-based interventions, emerges as a critical success factor.
Future research could explore the dynamics between the 'prime mover' and the interplay among
management, volunteers, healthcare professionals, and the physical residential care facility
environment, shedding light on broader implications for enhancing the well-being of residents with

Main title:Bridging Nature and Care
Subtitle:nurturing Individuals with Dementia in a Residential Care Facility in Denmark
Authors:Trnka, Mia Therese
Supervisor:Bengtsson, Anna
Examiner:Cerwén, Gunnar and Stoltz, Jonathan
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2024
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:LM007 Outdoor environments for health and well-being - Master's programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of People and Society
Keywords:quality Evaluation Tool, nature-based care culture, principal Model of Four Zones of Contact with the Outdoors, nature-based dementia care, key-players in nature-based care cultures, healthcare professionals, supporting environments in residential care facilities, nature-based interventions
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