The experience of moving into an assisted living facility: A Heideggerian hermeneutical phenomenological inquiry

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

First Committee Member

Christine Williams, Committee Chair


The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore the experience of moving into an Assisted Living facility for older adults. Heideggerian philosophy was the guiding framework for uncovering the personal experience of this phenomenon, and hermeneutics was the methodology of interpreting the descriptions of the experience for the participants in this study. A purposive sample of 17 participants was obtained at three Assisted Living Facilities. Data were collected during taped interviews, and the transcribed texts were analyzed using a seven-stage method. The interpreted findings are three relational themes that cut across all the texts: negotiating change, sustaining self, and living connected to others. The wholeness of the inquiry is presented using metaphor to illuminate the fullness of lives lived to old age and to give form to the thoughtful, reflective nursing practice of older adults.


Gerontology; Health Sciences, Nursing

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