Care home residents’ experiences of social relationships with staff
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Care home residents’ experiences of social relationships with staff

Glenda Cook Reader in gerontological nursing, School of Health, Community and Education Studies, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
Christine Brown-Wilson Lecturer in continuing care, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester

The importance of the emotional aspect of caring and how it influences the quality of life of residents and staff is demonstrated by the findings of two studies discussed by Glenda Cook and Christine Brown-Wilson

This article presents findings from a cross-study analysis of social engagement between older people and staff in care homes. The studies found that staff and the culture of the care home were influential in determining the quality and type of relationship between residents and staff. Although a number of factors limited the quality of social interactions between these groups, practices existed that overcame barriers to the development of positive social relationships.

Nursing Older People. 22, 1, 24-29. doi: 10.7748/nop2010.

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