This was an exploratory study that examined how placement affects the well-being of spouses of residents in long-term care facilities. A qualitative approach was used to interview 15 well-spouses of residents in the long-term nursing facility.
Specifically, the interview guide addressed the well-spouses' experience caregiving prior to placement, and after making the decision to long-term care at a nursing home facility.
Well-spouses reported difficulty in making the decision to place as well as experiencing depression and anxiety after placement. The main coping mechanism cited was the support of family and friends as well health care professionals, including social workers.
Results suggest that placement to a long-term nursing facility for a spouse does affect the well-spouse. More research is needed on the psychosocial needs of well-spouses before and after the placement of their frail spouse into a nursing home.
|Commitee:||Green, Yolanda, Tan, Philip|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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