Residents experiences of moving from home into a care home. Conference Presentation. Overview: This study explores resident’s physical, psychological, and social well-being before and after entry to a care home over a twelve-month period. Theme: Social and Cultural Perspectives on Aging

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Abstract

Background
Adjustment to care home life is a process that occurs over time. Part of understanding this process requires recognition of variances in the responses of how adults whose permanent move to a care home was either planned or unplanned. Some researchers have focused on describing the experiences of older adults as they adjust to care home life and factors that influence their adjustment (Davies and Nolan 2006; Voutilainen et al. 2006; Grenade and Horner, 2007). However, there is a lack of research that takes into consideration the total relocation process, incorporating residents’ experiences of their first year of life in a care home (Davies and Nolan, 2006; Sussman and Dupuis, 2012).

Aim:
To explore residents’ experiences of moving from home to a care home over a one year period


Design and methods:

A qualitative research design, using a grounded theory (GT) approach informed this study. Semi-structured interviews with 20 older people before and after entry to a care home were undertaken at four points during the course of a one Year period.

Data Analysis

Constant comparative analysis underpinned data analysis and data management techniques. This was informed by open, axial and selective coding principles as espoused by Corbin and Strauss (2008). Nvivo qualitative data analysis programme facilitated the organisation, management and retrieval of transcribed interviews and field notes and provided tools for coding, categorising and linking qualitative data


Conclusion:

Thus, while transition is considered a natural process brought about by the changes in our lives, the transition to a residential care environment represents a uniquely significant relocation for older people. Perceptions of the legitimacy, desirability and reversibility of the move, as well as individuals’ perceived control, degree of choice and active acceptance of the placement have influenced this transition.


References:
Corbin J. and Strauss A. (2008) Basics of Qualitative Research, 3rd edn. Sage, Thousand Oaks, California.

Davies, S., and Nolan, M. (2006). ‘Making it better’: Self-perceived roles of family caregivers of older people living in nursing home s: A qualitative study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 43, 281–291.

Grenade L. and Horner B. (2007) Promoting positive staff-family relationships in residential aged care: a service provider perspective. Geriaction 25(2), 5–12.


Sussman, T., and Dupuis, S. (2012). Supporting a relative’s move into a long-term nursing home: The role of starting point in shaping family members’ transition experiences. Canadian Journal on Aging, 31, 395–410.

Voutilainen P., Backman K., Isola A. and Laukkala H. (2006) Family members’ perceptions of the quality of LTC. Clinical Nursing Research 15, 135–149.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2017
EventAging & Society: Seventh Interdisciplinary Conference 2017 • 3–4 November 2017 • : Special Focus: Social Inequalities, Exclusion and Age-Discrimination - University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, USA, Berkley, United States
Duration: 3 Nov 20174 Nov 2017
https://agingandsocialchange.com/about/history/2017-conference

Conference

ConferenceAging & Society: Seventh Interdisciplinary Conference 2017 • 3–4 November 2017 •
CountryUnited States
CityBerkley
Period3/11/174/11/17
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Keywords

  • Older people
  • care home
  • transition

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