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Differences in plans for living at home between temporary residents of a health-care facility for the elderly and their family caregivers in Japan

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Abstract Aim: 

Older residents in Japan requiring rehabilitation often reside in health-care facilities for the elderly (HCFE) prior to being discharged to home. The return home can be very stressful for both the elder and family caregiver. The purpose of this study was to clarify the differences in plans for home life between the residents of a HCFE who were scheduled for discharge home and their family caregivers. Method: 

Semistructured interviews were conducted with eight pairs of elders and caregivers. Results: 

Differences were seen in several areas, including dietary preferences, recognition of the elder’s independence, preconceptions or not knowing about the elder’s pleasurable activities, and the way of care. Conclusions: 

Differences with regard to enjoyable activities for the elderly arose from a lack of understanding of the lives of the elderly on the part of their families.
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Keywords: discharge planning; elderly; family caregivers; health-care facilities; home care

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Seirei Christopher University, Hamamatsu, Japan and 2: School of Nursing, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado, USA

Publication date: June 1, 2006

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