Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
A move toward care of residents in nursing homes where they are respected and heard is finally emerging. Common strategies used in nursing homes to improve quality of care for residents are integration of person-centered care and assessing care using satisfaction surveys. Although approaches of integrating person-centered care and satisfaction surveys have been valuable in improving nursing home quality, these strategies may exclude things that residents describe for themselves matter to them while living in nursing homes. The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to describe things that residents age 65 and older state matter to them while living in the long-term care sections of nursing homes. A qualitative mode of inquiry using purposeful sampling led to a natural unfolding of data that revealed things that mattered to residents. Content analysis was used to reduce the data in a manner that kept the data close to the context, yet moved the data toward new ideas about including things that mattered to residents in nursing homes. The findings revealed residents positive and negative experiences and addressed the question: How can nurses manage residents’ positive and negative aspects of care in nursing homes? This study substantiated the importance of developing nursing care strategies derived from residents’ descriptions of care. Finding ways to promote nurses’ investment in attitudes about a person-centered care philosophy is essential for successful person-centered care implementation. Enhancing nurses’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes with an investment in person-centeredness will be more likely to put nurses in a position to provide care that is person-centered from residents’ perspectives.
Objectives for this Presentation:
After the presentation, the attendees will be able to:
- describe four clusters of data that reflect positive and negative things that matter to ten residents who live in the long-term care sections of nursing homes.
- discuss four suggestions for how nurses may manage residents’ positive and negative aspects of care in nursing homes.
- describe four ways to enhance nurses’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes for improving person-centered care in nursing homes.
Nila Reimer (2015).
Things that matter to residents in nursing homes and the nursing care implications. Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.Presented at Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Nashville, TN.