Journal Article

The Context of Religious and Spiritual Care at the End of Life in Long-term Care Facilities*

V. Lee Hamilton, Timothy P. Daaleman, Christianna S. Williams and Sheryl Zimmerman

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 70, issue 2, pages 179-195
Published in print January 2009 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online March 2009 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI:
The Context of Religious and Spiritual Care at the End of Life in Long-term Care Facilities*

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Despite the increasing numbers of Americans who die in nursing homes (NHs) and residential care/assisted living (RC/AL) facilities, and the importance of religious and spiritual needs as one approaches death, little is known about how these needs are met for dying individuals in long-term care (LTC) institutional settings. This study compared receipt of religious and spiritual help in four types of LTC settings: NHs, smaller (<16 beds) RC/AL facilities, traditional RC/AL facilities, and new-model RC/AL facilities. Data were also available for religious affiliation of the facilities, size, and provision of religious and hospice services. Controlling for such factors, the importance of religion/spirituality to the decedent was the strongest predictor of the decedent's receipt of spiritual help. In addition, new-model RC/AL facilities were significantly more likely to provide help for religious and spiritual needs of decedent residents than other RC/AL types, but did not differ significantly from NHs.

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Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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