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Moving into a care home: the role of adult children in the placement process
Linköping University, Department of Neuroscience and Locomotion, Geriatrics. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield, Samuel Fox House, Northern General Hospital, Herries Road, Sheffield, UK.
2002 (English)In: International Journal of Nursing Studies, ISSN 0020-7489, E-ISSN 1873-491X, Vol. 39, no 3, 353-362 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Admission of an older person to a care home is widely recognised as a very stressful period for the family and one which, despite community care policy, is likely to be an increasingly common experience. Although there is a growing research base in this area, there have been few studies on the role of adult children in supporting their parents during this difficult transition. This paper reports on the third stage of a grounded theory study conducted in Sweden which explored the part played by adult children in the placement process. Data were collected from 13 adult children using in-depth semi-structured interviews and the results are compared with themes previously derived from interviews with 26 spouse carers. The analysis reveals important overlaps and differences and suggests the need for further research exploring the dynamics of the placement process.

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2002. Vol. 39, no 3, 353-362 p.
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27025DOI: 10.1016/S0020-7489(01)00033-5Local ID: 11669OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-27025DiVA: diva2:247576
Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Placing a spouse in a care home for older people: (re)-constructing roles and relationships
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Placing a spouse in a care home for older people: (re)-constructing roles and relationships
2001 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores the process of placing a spouse in a care home for older people from the perspectives of the key actors involved. Due to the lack of previous studies in this area in Sweden and the desire to generate new insights that have the potential to inform practice developments a grounded theory methodology was adopted.

Data were collected using semi-structured interviews (70 in total) with spouses, adult children, community based staff and staff in care homes. Analyses of these data suggested that placement is best interpreted as a temporal experience comprising four stages: making the decision, making the move, adjusting to the move and reorientation. Each of the key actors offered differing insights into the way that the process as a whole was experienced with it emerging that in the initial two phases the primacy focus was on the practical and instrumental aspects of the move, with the emotional consequences being largely overlooked. This is a key issue as spouses were usually unprepared for the sense of separation and loss that the placement caused. Subsequently, spouses placed particular importance on maintaining their sense of involvement with their partner by a variety of 'keeping' activities. However, children and staff in care homes shared varying degrees of 'awareness' which influenced the way that relationships were forged.

Based on a synthesis of the data the core category and basic social process that emerged was termed '(re)-constructing roles and relationships'. This highlights the subtle and dynamic way that placement unfolds and reinforces the importance of understanding the process from multiple perspectives. In addition to providing new theoretical insights the thesis identifies a number of ways in which the placement process could be improved and suggests the need for more open and explicit discussion of a number of aspects, particularly the ways in which expectations of roles and relationships change over time. Thls is essential if spouses are to be better prepared and supported both for the sense of separation from their partner and for the need to integrate into the care home setting.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2001. 71 p.
Series
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 710
Keyword
family carers, care home placement, partnership, adult children, community staff, nursing staff, carer support, grounded theory
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Medical and Health Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-28076 (URN)12840 (Local ID)91-7373-148-X (ISBN)12840 (Archive number)12840 (OAI)
Public defence
2001-12-13, Berzeliussalen, Universitetssjukhuset, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2012-11-09Bibliographically approved

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