ERIC Number: ED126365
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Entry Crisis to a Nursing Home.
Grade, Blanche L.
The study is directed to the entry crisis faced by the elderly in moving to institutions for the aged. The Skaalen Sunset Home for the Aging, a 273-bed nursing home located in Stoughton, Wisconsin, was selected as the research site. Initially, a group interview was conducted with members of the Skaalen residents' council of 13 elderly to discuss the study. Twelve persons were randomly selected from each section of the home (infirmary, resident section, and suites) for individual interviews. Interview questions focused on previous knowledge of Skaalen prior to entry, the decision to enter, helpful staff/resident responses during the crisis of entry, and attitude changes. The study indicated that a suffering of losses appeared greatest for those uninformed about the institution. Those persons occupying the suites were overall more independent and satisfied. Residents showed concern about newcomers, either actively or passively, and staff was mentioned as a positive resource. Recommendations for facilitation of the educational process included the use of resident teams to publicize and educate, personal sharing of resident life stories, mutual staff/resident support, intermingling of community members and residents in recreation classes, and increased staff/resident involvement in institutional planning. (EA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Master's Thesis, University of Wisconsin