Nursing homes, also called Long-Term Care (LTC) or Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), are increasingly becoming important sites for providing terminal care. Hospice, when available, provides expert pain and symptom management, as well as addresses the psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of living with terminal illness. Much of the focus in LTC is on meeting the medical needs of patients, and spiritual needs frequently, if unintentionally, go unaddressed. Using heuristic and phenomenological approaches, I conducted interviews to determine whether spiritual needs were present in a small sample of the general population of nursing home residents: those whose illnesses are life-limiting but not necessarily life-threatening. In reviewing their lives several people told stories that could ultimately present as spiritual issues at end of life. Anticipating what spiritual issues might arise for patients before a life-threatening health crisis occurs could prove to be useful for long-term care providers.
|Commitee:||Sterling, Katherine, Stuckey, Priscilla|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||MAI 49/06M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Aging, End of life, Life review, Nursing homes, Spiritual care, Spirituality|
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