‘The Primacy of ‘Home’: An exploration of how older adults’ transition to life in a care home towards the end of the first year

Marie O’Neill, Assumpta Ryan, Anne Tracey, Liz Laird

First published: 26 November 2020 https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13232

What is known about this topic?

  • The extent to which individuals exercise control over the decision to move to a care home is recognised as an important determinant of their relocation experience.
  • Most studies report that care home environments can be restrictive, therefore making adjustment and adaptation more challenging.
  • There is a dearth of research on the extent to which residents can be facilitated to feel ‘at home’ in a care home environment

What this paper adds

  • Positive adaptation is connected to older peoples’ perceived quality of life, continued connection to home, family and community, and having opportunities to develop meaningful relationships with staff and other residents.
  • Facilitating difficult and caring conversations with individuals and their families is required to manage individual expectations of the move to promote a positive adaptation process.
  • Failure to engage early with these difficult conversations can negatively impact on the adaptation process over the course of the first year of life in a care home.
  • Older people do not always have existing social supports to cope with bereavement and loss in the care home which has a significant impact on their psychological well‐being.

Read the Paper in full at Source: ‘The Primacy of ‘Home’: An exploration of how older adults’ transition to life in a care home towards the end of the first year – O’Neill – – Health & Social Care in the Community – Wiley Online Library

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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