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Perceived factors which shape decision-making around the time of residential care admission in older adults: A qualitative study

Aim: To understand the perceived factors that shape decision-making around the time of residential care admission in older people.

Method: Two qualitative methods (telephone interviews at intervals post discharge from geriatric inpatient care and face-to-face interviews with older people and their family carers) were used as part of a multiphase mixed methods study of a cohort of 144 older people discharged from medical wards in a subacute assessment, treatment and rehabilitation facility.

Results: Key topics and themes were derived from interviews: the role of the informal carer and other community supports, attitudes to decision-making and loneliness were key aspects of social context. Physical health, the experience of repeated hospital admissions and health professionals' attitudes to repeated admissions were also seen as important.

Conclusions: Social context as an essential component of older people's decisions to enter aged residential care is highlighted in this qualitative study.

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Additional Titles
Australasian Journal on Ageing

Key Information

Type of Reference
Jour
Type of Work
Article
Resource Database
Scopus scopus - exported 1/8/16
Publication Year
2014
Issue Number
1
Volume Number
33
Start Page
9-13