"Your at their Mercy: Older peoples’ experiences of moving from home to a care home: A grounded theory study". As presented at the All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association Annual Conference

Marie O'Neill, A Ryan, Anne Tracey, Liz/EA Laird

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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).

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 older people before and after entry to a care home are being 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

Preliminary Findings:
Suffice to say whilst 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. To date 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.

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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 (in print/issue) - 3 May 2018
EventAll Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association Conference - Galway City Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Duration: 3 May 20183 May 2018


ConferenceAll Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association Conference
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  • Older adults
  • care home
  • Transition


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