The role of community staff in care home placement in Sweden
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2002
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume 11, Issue 4, pages 488–497, July 2002
How to Cite
SANDBERG, J. , NOLAN, M. R. and LUNDH, U. (2002), The role of community staff in care home placement in Sweden. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 11: 488–497. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2702.2002.00619.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2002
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2002
- care home placement;
- carer support;
- community staff;
• The role of community staff in placing a relative in a care home is a relatively unexplored area of practice.
• Interviews with a variety of community staff in Sweden suggest that they play a significant role in helping family carers, particularly spouses, research the decision about the need for placement.
• This role can include recognition that placement is required (seeing the need), initiating and sustaining discussions about placement (sowing the seed and nurturing the seed) and legitimating the decision.
• However, once the decision has been made relatively little attention is given to the emotional consequences of the move and attention is focused largely on instrumental aspects.
• Despite showing sensitivity in the decision-making phase, community staff could do more to help carers deal with the guilt they experience and to initiate contact with the care home.