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Elderly Married Persons Living in Long Term Care Institutions: A Qualitative Analysis of Feelings

  • James W. Gladstone (a1)

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This paper focuses on the feelings that institutionalised and community-dwelling spouses have in regard to their own or their spouse's living in a long-term care facility. Qualitative data were gathered from 161 married respondents. Themes associated with positive feelings included: benefit to self, benefits to spouse, reappraisal of self as caregiver, and appraisal of institutionalisation. Themes associated with negative feelings included: concern about institutionalised partner's care, tension with staff, stress associated with visiting, loss of purpose, loneliness, privacy, and tissues related to the marital relationship. Data indicate that feelings about institutionalisation must be analysed in various contexts. Implications for service delivery are discussed.

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Elderly Married Persons Living in Long Term Care Institutions: A Qualitative Analysis of Feelings

  • James W. Gladstone (a1)

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