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Care of the older person
Older people living in the community should be supported to maintain independence and social engagement
  1. Ela Ury
  1. Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Ela Ury, The University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK; ela.s.ury92{at}

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Commentary on: Lämå s K, Bölenius K, Sandman P, Bergland A, Lindkvist M. Thriving among older people living at home with home care services – A cross-sectional study

Implications for practice and research

  • Social engagement, independence and the physical environment are important considerations for supporting the well-being of the older person.

  • Research is needed to explore perceptions of thriving for the older person both at home and in community settings.


Thriving is a term used to describe a person’s well-being in relation to where they live.1

Perceptions of thriving of older people living in long-term care facilities have been surveyed2 but not those receiving home care services (HCS).

Older people at home receiving HCS are likely to be less frail and less dependent on others than care home residents. The UK has an ageing population, but the care home population has remained stable in …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.