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Older people’s experiences involving the decision to transition to an aged care home

Authors: Zamanzadeh Vahid, Pakpour Vahid, Rahmani Azad, Lorraine Chenoweth Lynnette, and Mohammadi Eesa

Int J Med Res Health Sci.346-355 | pdf PDF Full Text

ABSTRACT
The decision to relocate to an aged care home can is important change in older adults live but little attention has
been paid to their experiences of this decision. The study explored older people’s experiences involving the decision
to transition to an aged care home. Data were obtained via semi-structured interviews with 17 participants, which
were content analyzed. Results: Transition motives, ambiguity, participation in decision making and decision
making meaning were four themes extracted through data analysis. Conclusions: In the main, the decision to
transition to an aged care home had been made without the older person’s participation. In addition, due to
inadequate information about aged care home services, participants experienced a great deal of ambiguity in the
decision-making process. Moreover, transition into aged care homes had different meaning for the participants. The
findings suggest that far greater emphasis must be placed on having older people involved in the decision to move
into residential aged care, providing them with more information about service offerings and making psychological
support accessible to them prior to and following transition to the home.
Key words: aged care homes, decision making, Iran, older people, qualitative research

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