How important are choice, autonomy, and relationships in predicting the quality of life of nursing home residents?

McCabe, Marita, Byers, Jessica, Busija, Lucy, Mellor, David, Bennett, Michelle and Beattie, Elizabeth 2021, How important are choice, autonomy, and relationships in predicting the quality of life of nursing home residents?, Journal of applied gerontology, pp. 1-8, doi: 10.1177/0733464820983972.

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Title How important are choice, autonomy, and relationships in predicting the quality of life of nursing home residents?
Author(s) McCabe, Marita
Byers, Jessica
Busija, Lucy
Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David orcid.org/0000-0001-5007-5906
Bennett, Michelle
Beattie, Elizabeth
Journal name Journal of applied gerontology
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2021-01-06
ISSN 0733-4648
1552-4523
Keyword(s) autonomy and self-efficacy
decision-making
interpersonal relations (other than family relations)
long-term care
person-centered care
Summary Older people face major challenges when they move into nursing homes, particularly in relation to independence and their ability to influence their activities of daily living (ADLs). This study evaluated the contribution of resident choice, as well as the staff–resident relationship, to promoting resident quality of life (QoL). A total of 604 residents from 33 nursing homes in Australia completed measures of QoL, perceived levels of choice in various ADLs, and the staff–resident relationship. A hierarchical regression demonstrated that the predictor variables accounted for 25% of the variance in QoL. Two of the four predictor variables (resident choice over socializing and the staff–resident relationship) significantly contributed to resident QoL. These findings reinforce the important contribution of autonomy and social relationships to resident QoL. Nursing home staff have a key role to play in supporting resident autonomy as a means of building residents’ chosen social connections, and thereby promoting QoL.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0733464820983972
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1103 Clinical Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30146626

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: Faculty of Health
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