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Family involvement in the institutional eldercare context. Towards a new understanding
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Society, Diversity, Identity . Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2009 (English)In: JOURNAL OF AGING STUDIES, ISSN 0890-4065, Vol. 23, no 3, 158-167 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on family involvement and its various patterns and expressions in the context of end-of-life care in a nursing home. Based on analyses from an ethnographic study carried out at a nursing home ward, the aim is to describe and analyze the conditions of aging and dying for the old residents, as well as effects on their visiting families and relatives. As in similar research findings, it became clear from the study that families continue to visit and contribute to the care of the old resident throughout the years, from the time of placement to their demise, but that this involvement might vary both in content and in extent. However, it was found that families involvement (as well as their changing relationships and roles) is particularly shaped by the very process of dying and lingering aura of death on the ward. The analysis presented in the article evinces the difficult - and in many ways impossible - role of the family in the institutional end-of-life setting, and discloses the various patterns and manifestations of family involvement in this environment. Different meanings and implications of family involvement are discussed and highlighted.

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2009. Vol. 23, no 3, 158-167 p.
Keyword [en]
Aging, Death, End-of-life care, Family involvement, Family care, Family relations, Institution-based care, Nursing home
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-19798DOI: 10.1016/j.jaging.2008.12.006OAI: diva2:229054
Available from: 2009-08-11 Created: 2009-08-10 Last updated: 2009-08-11

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