Margaret Jopp is chair of the department of nursing at the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore. Mary Clare Carroll is an assistant professor and Linda Waters is assistant dean for student services in the college of nursing at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE.
Using Self-Care Theory to Guide Nursing Management of the Older Adult After Hospitalization
Article first published online: 3 SEP 2012
1993 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 18, Issue 2, pages 91–94, March-April 1993
How to Cite
Jopp, M., Carroll, M. C. and Waters, L. (1993), Using Self-Care Theory to Guide Nursing Management of the Older Adult After Hospitalization. Rehabilitation Nursing, 18: 91–94. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.1993.tb00728.x
- Issue published online: 3 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 3 SEP 2012
This article describes Orem's Self-Care Theory (Orem, 1985) and applies it to the home setting. The purpose of the study was to identify how older adults manage self-care activities at home following discharge from a hospital. Results of the survey indicated that 66% of the clients reported self-care deficits after discharge. In addition, 15% reported inability to care for themselves totally after discharge. Analysis of the information indicated the lack of a supportive-educative system to promote self-care at home. The solution to the management of self-care is the rehabilitation nurse clinical specialist, who can provide nursing strategies that promote partnership with the older adult in planning self-care activities after hospitalization.