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Carers’ perspectives on choosing a care home for a relative with dementia

Katz, Jeanne; Holland, Caroline; Mitchell, Kate; Gage, Heather; Thein, Nwe and Sheehan, Bart (2013). Carers’ perspectives on choosing a care home for a relative with dementia. Families, Relationships and Societies, 2(2) pp. 211–228.

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This article describes findings from a project that explored what happens to people with dementia (PWDs) following discharge from a general hospital to a residential care home. In 15 out of 109 cases referred to a hospital psychiatric liaison team, admission to a residential care home was indicated during the hospital stay. This 'last resort' for families, following repeated hospital admissions and a deteriorating condition, was accepted when all involved agreed that it was in the best interests of the PWDs. Four months after the move, carers reflected on their criteria for choosing the home, their expectations and whether these were met. Carers' own wellbeing improved and their mental distress reduced as the PWDs appeared settled and safer. However, the findings suggest a continuing key role for family carers of PWDs in care homes and emphasises the need for advocacy for PWDs without such support.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 The Policy Press
ISSN: 2046-7435
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetThe Alzheimer's Society
Keywords: Dementia, Care Homes, Family, Discharge, Choosing
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 36542
Depositing User: Jeanne Katz
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2013 10:52
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2018 10:31
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