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Placing a spouse in a care home for older people: (Re)-Constructing Roles and Relationships
Linköping University, Department of Neuroscience and Locomotion, Geriatrics. (Palliativt forskningscentrum, MeCaLL)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0566-4685
2001 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Department of Geriatrics, Linköping University , 2001.
National Category
Geriatrics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-17103OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-17103DiVA: diva2:477580
Public defence
2001-12-13, 13:29 (Swedish)
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Supervisors
Available from: 2012-06-05 Created: 2012-01-13 Last updated: 2016-09-14Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. ‘I don’t have any other choice’: Spouses’ experiences of placing a partner in accommodation for older people in Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>‘I don’t have any other choice’: Spouses’ experiences of placing a partner in accommodation for older people in Sweden
2000 (English)In: Journal of Advanced Nursing, ISSN 0309-2402, E-ISSN 1365-2648, Vol. 32, no 5, 1178-1186 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The main aim of this paper is to consider the experiences of Swedish spouses who have placed a partner in a care home for older people. Data were gathered from semi-structural interviews with 14 spouses (11 wives and 3 husbands) who had been involved in a care home placement within the previous 6 months. The results reported here are from the first component of a larger grounded theory study, the aim of which is to explore, describe and understand the experience of care home placement from a variety of perspectives and to identify the implications for policy and practice in Sweden. The focus here is on the experience of spouses, relating to the decision-making process, the move into care and subsequent contact with the care home. Four themes emerged from the data – making the decision, making the move, adjusting to the move and reorientation. The results show a lack of planning for the elder person’s entry to a care home, and professional dominance of this stage of the process. The largely ambivalent emotional responses to the move that spouses experience and the difficulties in initiating and sustaining relationships with staff in the home are discussed in the light of previous research.

National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-17098 (URN)10.1046/j.1365-2648.2000.01588.x (DOI)
Available from: 2012-01-13 Created: 2012-01-13 Last updated: 2016-09-14Bibliographically approved
2. Placing a spouse in a care-home: the importance of keeping
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Placing a spouse in a care-home: the importance of keeping
2001 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, Vol. 10, no 3, 406-411 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite a universal policy of community care, the number of frail older people entering care homes is likely to increase in the future. There have been relatively few studies exploring the experience of spouses who have placed a partner in care. Due to a lack of preparation, the placement process is often ad hoc, with little attention being given to spouses' emotional reactions or their efforts to maintain their relationship with their partner. The relationship between care home staff and families is often superficial and strained. There is a need for more proactive efforts to facilitate a partnership between care home staff and families.

National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-17099 (URN)10.1046/j.1365-2702.2001.00497.x (DOI)11820551 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2012-01-13 Created: 2012-01-13 Last updated: 2016-09-14Bibliographically approved
3. Moving into a care home: The role of adult children in the placement process
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Moving into a care home: The role of adult children in the placement process
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.

National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-17100 (URN)10.1016/S0020-7489(01)00033-5 (DOI)11864658 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2012-01-13 Created: 2012-01-13 Last updated: 2016-09-14Bibliographically approved
4. The role of community staff in care home placement in Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The role of community staff in care home placement in Sweden
2002 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, Vol. 11, no 4, 488-497 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The role of community staff in placing a relative in a care home is a relatively unexplored area of practice. Interviews with a variety of community staff in Sweden suggest that they play a significant role in helping family carers, particularly spouses, research the decision about the need for placement. This role can include recognition that placement is required (seeing the need), initiating and sustaining discussions about placement (sowing the seed and nurturing the seed) and legitimating the decision. However, once the decision has been made relatively little attention is given to the emotional consequences of the move and attention is focused largely on instrumental aspects. Despite showing sensitivity in the decision-making phase, community staff could do more to help carers deal with the guilt they experience and to initiate contact with the care home.

National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-17101 (URN)12100645 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2012-01-13 Created: 2012-01-13 Last updated: 2014-03-24Bibliographically approved
5. ’Entering a new world’: Emphatic awareness as the key to positive family/staff relationships in care homes
Open this publication in new window or tab >>’Entering a new world’: Emphatic awareness as the key to positive family/staff relationships in care homes
2002 (English)In: International Journal of Nursing Studies, ISSN 0020-7489, E-ISSN 1873-491X, Vol. 39, no 5, 507-515 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite an almost universal policy of community care, placing a relative in a care home will be an increasingly common event as population ageing continues. Studies suggest that most families wish to remain involved in care following placement but that they often experience difficulties in establishing relationships with staff. This paper reports on the fifth phase of a Swedish study exploring the experience of placement from a temporal perspective and including the views of all the key actors (relatives, staff in the community, staff in care homes). The focus here is placed on the perceptions of care home staff and their perceived role in relation to spouses who have recently placed a partner. The study adopted a grounded theory approach and data were collected from in-depth interviews with 16 staff members of varying grades and positions. Analysis of the data suggested 3 levels of awareness amongst staff: empathic awareness, guarded awareness and limited awareness. The characteristics of empathic awareness are outlined and its implications briefly considered.

National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-17102 (URN)10.1016/S0020-7489(01)00056-6 (DOI)
Available from: 2012-01-13 Created: 2012-01-13 Last updated: 2016-09-14Bibliographically approved

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