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Keywords:

  • autonomy;
  • older people;
  • residential care

murphy k. & welford c. (2012) Agenda for the future: enhancing autonomy for older people in residential care. International Journal of Older People Nursing7, 75–80 doi: 10.1111/j.1748-3743.2012.00309.x

This is the concluding paper of a three paper publications. Paper 1 focused on specifically understanding what autonomy for older people in residential care means. Paper 2 discussed the various factors that either facilitate or hinder residents autonomy and directed readers to reflect upon their practice. This final paper outlines the findings from the action research phase of a study aimed at enhancing resident autonomy. It describes just one way in which residential care units can work on enhancing residents autonomy and enables the reader to reflect upon nursing practices, which with the right approach can be resident-centred.