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Ethos of care and environment in long-stay care settings: impacts on residents' lives

Adeline Cooney and Kathy Murphy

in Valuing older people

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422927
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304173 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847422927.003.0010
Ethos of care and environment in long-stay care settings: impacts on residents' lives

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The findings reported in this chapter are part of a larger study of residents' and staff's perceptions of quality-of-life issues in residential care settings. The findings arise from qualitative interviews with 101 residents and 48 staff. Residents' accounts suggest that one of the most significant factors to impact on their continuity and quality of life is the environment and ethos of care. The ethos of care environments shaped the extent to which promoting and maintaining independence was embedded into the care of residents. Participants maintained their senses of self by various means and the findings suggest that most residents are able to maintain a sense of self in residential care facilities. Privacy is often assumed to be about physical privacy only. However, in this study, participants gave equal weighting to social, psychological, and physical privacy.

Keywords: residential care facilities; ethos of care; environment; privacy; residents; sense of self

Chapter.  6549 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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