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Exploring the meaning of quality of life for assisted living residents: A photo-elicitation study

Mansfield, Riana and BURTON, Amy (2020) Exploring the meaning of quality of life for assisted living residents: A photo-elicitation study. Geriatric Nursing. ISSN 0197-4572

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Assisted living is a popular alternative to residential care, promoting independence and enabling self-care through a supportive living environment. Practitioner understanding of quality of life (QoL) experiences are vital to facilitate good physical and mental health in assisted living. An idiographic case study approach explored resident experiences by combining photo-elicitation and interpretive phenomenological analysis. QoL was understood through three themes: facilitation of identity coherence and transition, the essential nature of socialising, and perceptions of a supportive environment. Assisted living has the potential to act as a bearer for cues of identity continuity with nostalgic devices facilitating environment transition and limiting biographical disruption. Furthermore, opportunities for social contact offer a protective function for residents adapting to negative life challenges such as bereavement. To foster health and QoL in withdrawn residents’ facilities should develop peer support programmes with benefits for both mentor and mentee.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology
Depositing User: Amy BURTON
Date Deposited: 11 May 2020 13:25
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2020 14:33
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/6216

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