Family care experiences in nursing home facilities
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Family care experiences in nursing home facilities

Frances O’Shea Clinical nurse manager, Farranlea Community Nursing Unit, Cork, Ireland
Elizabeth Weathers PhD student, Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland
Geraldine McCarthy Emeritus professor, Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland

When loved ones are admitted to residential settings it inevitably changes relatives’ roles. Frances O’Shea and colleagues carried out a study to assess how they perceive this transition

Aim To explore relatives’ involvement in the care of older adults admitted to residential settings.

Method A qualitative approach using semi-structured interviews was adopted. Data were analysed using content thematic analysis.

Findings Content thematic analysis revealed that participants experienced a change in role when their relatives were admitted to residential care.

Three major themes emerged: family involvement, family-centred care, and communication. The importance of communicating with staff was emphasised by relatives.

Conclusion The transition from home to residential care is a challenging time for residents and families. Nurses need to communicate with families and adopt a collaborative, integrated approach to care.

Nursing Older People. 26, 2, 26-31. doi: 10.7748/nop2014.02.26.2.26.e543

Correspondence

e.weathers@ucc.ie

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 04 November 2013

Accepted: 19 December 2013