Residents' perspectives of their first 2 weeks in a long-term care facility

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Summary

  • This study investigated residents' perspectives of their first 2 weeks in a long-term care facility (LTCF). Twelve residents were interviewed to determine their experiences during the first 2 weeks, their needs, priorities and expectations, and their views about how relocation from home could be facilitated. The constant comparative method of qualitative analysis (Glaser & Strauss, 1967) was used.
  • Qualitative analysis of the audiotaped interviews revealed four main categories: emotional reactions, transition activities, reflecting on their situation, and connecting with a personal philosophy.
  • Residents' responses indicated that if they had actively participated in the decision to be admitted, the adjustment to the LTCF was easier. Connecting with a personal philosophy was also a significant factor.
  • Nursing implications include recognition of the importance of preparing residents for admission, involving them in the decision, and listening to their perspectives throughout the relocation experience.

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