Admission to care: facilitating role transition amongst family carers

Authors

  • CHERYL DELLASEGA PhD, GNP,

    1. Associate Professor of Nursing, The Pennsylvania State University, School of Nursing, 20 Briarcrest Square, Room 208, Hershey, PA 17033, USA
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  • MIKE NOLAN RGN, PhD, RMN

    1. Professor of Gerontological Nursing, University of Sheffield, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Samuel Fox House, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield S5 7AU
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Summary

  • Admission to care after a period of family care-giving has been the focus of much recent research.
  • Rather than being seen as an end in itself, admission is part of a process.
  • This article concentrates on ‘reaching the end’ of family care-giving and the ‘new beginning’ of entering residential care.
  • A cross-national study conducted in the USA and the UK is discussed, and similarities and differences in the two cultures are highlighted.
  • Decisions to enter a nursing home were often taken hurriedly and with lack of information in both countries.
  • Issues of quality of care and emotional responses by former carers were also important in both settings.

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