Being sheltered from a demanding everyday life: experiences of the next of kin to people with dementia attending farm-based daycare
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Purpose Farm-based daycare (FDC) is a type of daycare service for people with dementia. The aim of the present study was to explore the next of kin’s experiences with FDC and how the service may affect their daily life. Methods The study has a qualitative, descriptive design. Eight semi-structured interviews with next of kin were conducted. The data were analysed in accordance with content analysis. Results We identified three main categories: (1) I am fine when you are fine, (2) Significant aspects of the service at the farm, and (3) FDC as a part of the dementia trajectory. The findings were summarized in one overarching, latent theme: “Being sheltered from a demanding everyday life”. Conclusions The findings indicate that next of kin’s experience of respite is closely connected to the well-being of their relatives at the FDC and the quality of the service. FDC provides significant support through a part of the trajectory of dementia. Despite experiencing respite and support, next of kin continue to struggle with ethical and moral decisions about the futures of their relatives with dementia.