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Comparative Study
, 8 (6), 723-30

'It's Not the Same as Him Being at Home': Creating Caring Partnerships Following Nursing Home Placement

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Comparative Study

'It's Not the Same as Him Being at Home': Creating Caring Partnerships Following Nursing Home Placement

M Nolan et al. J Clin Nurs.

Abstract

Admission to a nursing home is a major life event for both older people and family carers. Despite a policy of community care in both the UK and the US, entry to nursing homes will be an increasingly common event. Family carers are often the key decision makers but little is known about their experience of placement, especially adjustment after the event. Antagonistic relationships can often develop between staff and relatives, as the former seek to take over care and the latter to develop new roles. There is a need to create a partnership between staff and family so that the care of the older person is improved and the carers' need to remain involved is acknowledged.

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