Older peoples' experiences of living in a residential aged care facility in Australia

Walker, Helen and Paliadelis, Penelope 2016, Older peoples' experiences of living in a residential aged care facility in Australia, Australas journal of ageing, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. E6-E10, doi: 10.1111/ajag.12325.

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Title Older peoples' experiences of living in a residential aged care facility in Australia
Author(s) Walker, Helen
Paliadelis, Penelope
Journal name Australas journal of ageing
Volume number 35
Issue number 3
Start page E6
End page E10
Total pages 5
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Milton, Qld.
Publication date 2016-09
ISSN 1741-6612
Keyword(s) aged care
older people
quality of life
residential facilities
Activities of Daily Living
Age Factors
Homes for the Aged
Interpersonal Relations
Interviews as Topic
Nursing Homes
Personal Autonomy
Qualitative Research
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Geriatrics & Gerontology
Summary AIM: The objectives of the study were to investigate the lived experience of older people in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) in Australia, to explore their perceptions of their lives in RACFs and how care might be improved.
METHODS: This qualitative study used a phenomenological approach to explore the lived experience of older persons in RACFs across two Australian states. In-depth interviews regarding independence, dignity, autonomy, communication and relationships were conducted with 18 participants. The interviews were audiotaped, transcribed and thematically analysed.
RESULTS: Three themes emerged reflecting the reality of RACF life for these participants: (i) loss of autonomy, dignity and control; (ii) valuing important relationships; and (iii) resigned acceptance.
CONCLUSION: Older people were not included in decision-making and found it difficult to maintain their autonomy and dignity, and forge meaningful relationships. They traded their independence and dignity for the safety and assistance they needed; however, they accepted this trade-off with stoicism and remained positive.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/ajag.12325
Field of Research 111001 Aged Care Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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