In addition to the important functions of maintenance, stimulation and support that a home plays in our lives, the home is given meaning by the individual in three other critical ways: 1) social-centered process 2) person centered 3) body-centered process.
The social centered process represents the way in which we order our home and interpret rules and behaviors. We develop expectations and standards for the way we live with family and others. When we live in our own home we concern ourselves with our own rules, behaviors and expectations.
Relocating older adult, leaving the family home and moving into another environment may present a new set of rules, behaviors and expectations that they may no longer have control over yet be required follow. Dinner served at five, bushes only 4 ft high in an over 55 community, cook a meal for all once a week in senior co-housing .Rules you did not make yet have to follow.
The person-centered process refers to the way in which our environment reflects our life course and our knowledge of the features within our home.
For example, my dining room set is from my grandparents vintage 1933.
I grew up with it and then inherited the beloved set. I and have taken 5 years to needlepoint two seats, which were worn out when my parents shipped the set. It represent a lifetime full of family, the warmth of experiences , like my grandfather sitting in one chair in the sun everytime I walked into their apartment.
To leave that dining room set behind when and if I have to move, may represent leaving the significance of its acquisition .You can see mt Dad, sitting at it with his great grandson, in my dining room in the picture in this blog.
To me it is my grandfather buying it when he in 1933 when he was a successful bookie in Atlantic City .Its role in my life course is leaving Atlantic City and bringing my grandparents to California by needle pointing those chairs ( I have four left) and moving my Dad to California to be with his great grandchildren. In this case, of my dining room set is much more than a large piece of furniture to be disposed of.It tells the story of several generations and my love of Anna Mae and Ike Cress my grandparents and my Dad , Harry Cress.In other words, my
environment reflects my life course through the features within our home.Will that be accounted for as I get old?