ERIC Number: EJ960501
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Married Couples in Assisted Living: Adult Children's Experiences Providing Support
Kemp, Candace L.
Journal of Family Issues, v33 n5 p639-661 May 2012
Being married in later life often prevents relocation to long-term care settings, but couples do relocate to these environments. Typically, this transition does not mark the end of support provided by families, especially adult children. Little is known about children's experiences providing support in care settings when both parents are involved. This article presents an analysis of qualitative data from a study involving 20 married couples living together in assisted living (AL) and 10 adult children. It asks the following: (a) What are children's support experiences when parents relocate to and live together in AL? (b) To what extent does the AL context influence their experiences? Despite having a "heavy burden" from "double the work" children were relieved to have both parents in one place. Children expressed concern over privacy, "tight quarters," spousal caregiving, and keeping their parents together. Findings have implications for future research and policy and practice.
Descriptors: Older Adults, Spouses, Caregivers, Social Support Groups, Residential Care, Phenomenology, Family Relationship, Social Adjustment, Relocation, Family Attitudes, Family Role, Family Involvement, Intergenerational Programs, Family Characteristics, Interviews
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