The struggles and successes of aging at home: psychosocial care and public policy

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308288
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The struggles and successes of aging at home: psychosocial care and public policy
Author(s):
Dupuis-Blanchard, Suzanne M.; Villalon, Lita; Gibbons, Caroline; Simard, Majella; Ethier, Sophie; Gould, Odette
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Mu Sigma
Author Details:
Suzanne M. Dupuis-Blanchard, PhD, MN, BSN, suzanne.dupuis-blanchard@umoncton.ca; Lita Villalon, PhD; Caroline Gibbons, PhD(c), MN, BSN; Majella Simard, PhD; Sophie Ethier, PhD; Odette Gould, PhD
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Monday, November 18, 2013

The aging of the population has prompted many questions about the costs associated with caring for an older demographic. Aging at home is a viable and economic option with seniors having expressed their willingness to stay in their homes for as long as possible. In Canada, 92% of seniors live in their home; however, over half of seniors living at home wonder how long they will be able to do so. Declining health and a lack of home care services are often cited as the culprit to institutionalization for seniors.

Since the majority of older adults are aging at home, the purpose of the study was to gain a better understanding of aging at home from seniors with a loss of independence and their families as well as identifying the challenges and successes of living at home. Following ethics approval, a total of 54 participants were interviewed individually in their home during a one year period. Older participants lived in rural or urban communities and identified themselves as English or French speaking. Data analysis was conducted concurrently with data collection. Verbatim were analyzed line by line in order to identify common categories and themes.

Results indicate that aging at home is a priority for seniors but also a challenge for them and their families. There are many benefits to aging at home ranging from health to economics but lack of psychosocial care and community resources create great difficulties. With an aging population, nurses will have an important role in providing psychosocial care and access to community resources. In fact, nurses’ understanding of older adults’ bio-psycho-social-cultural and spiritual needs will facilitate nursing leadership in practice and development of public policy for the aged.

Keywords:
Aging at home; Psychosocial care; Public policy development
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe struggles and successes of aging at home: psychosocial care and public policyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDupuis-Blanchard, Suzanne M.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorVillalon, Litaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGibbons, Carolineen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSimard, Majellaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorEthier, Sophieen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGould, Odetteen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentMu Sigmaen_GB
dc.author.detailsSuzanne M. Dupuis-Blanchard, PhD, MN, BSN, suzanne.dupuis-blanchard@umoncton.ca; Lita Villalon, PhD; Caroline Gibbons, PhD(c), MN, BSN; Majella Simard, PhD; Sophie Ethier, PhD; Odette Gould, PhDen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308288-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Monday, November 18, 2013</p>The aging of the population has prompted many questions about the costs associated with caring for an older demographic. Aging at home is a viable and economic option with seniors having expressed their willingness to stay in their homes for as long as possible. In Canada, 92% of seniors live in their home; however, over half of seniors living at home wonder how long they will be able to do so. Declining health and a lack of home care services are often cited as the culprit to institutionalization for seniors. <p>Since the majority of older adults are aging at home, the purpose of the study was to gain a better understanding of aging at home from seniors with a loss of independence and their families as well as identifying the challenges and successes of living at home. Following ethics approval, a total of 54 participants were interviewed individually in their home during a one year period. Older participants lived in rural or urban communities and identified themselves as English or French speaking. Data analysis was conducted concurrently with data collection. Verbatim were analyzed line by line in order to identify common categories and themes. <p>Results indicate that aging at home is a priority for seniors but also a challenge for them and their families. There are many benefits to aging at home ranging from health to economics but lack of psychosocial care and community resources create great difficulties. With an aging population, nurses will have an important role in providing psychosocial care and access to community resources. In fact, nurses’ understanding of older adults’ bio-psycho-social-cultural and spiritual needs will facilitate nursing leadership in practice and development of public policy for the aged.en_GB
dc.subjectAging at homeen_GB
dc.subjectPsychosocial careen_GB
dc.subjectPublic policy developmenten_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:29:21Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:29:21Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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