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Nursing Homes Without Walls for Aging in Place

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  30 August 2018

Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard
Affiliation:
School of Nursing – Université de Moncton, Moncton, New Brunswick
Odette N. Gould
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick
Corresponding

Abstract

Given the urgency of finding cost-effective and innovative solutions to providing community services for aging in place, novel solutions that take advantage of existing infrastructure are clearly needed. In this sequential mixed-method study, we chose to explore the role that nursing homes could play in offering services to a non-traditional target population, namely seniors with loss of independence living in the community. Forty-two (n = 42) nursing homes in the province of New Brunswick completed an online survey, and 10 agreed to participate in face-to-face interviews. Results show that 100 per cent of participants agreed that nursing homes could offer services to seniors in their communities for aging in place. Results suggest that nursing homes are cost-effective, innovative solutions for aging in place.

Résumé

Étant donné l’urgence de trouver des solutions innovantes et efficientes pour la prestation de services communautaires favorisant le «vieillir chez soi», il est nécessaire d’identifier de nouvelles solutions mettant à profit les infrastructures existantes. Dans la présente étude séquentielle à méthode mixte, nous avons exploré le rôle que les centres d’hébergement pour personnes âgées pourraient jouer dans l’offre de services destinés à une population cible non traditionnelle, soit les aînés avec pertes d’autonomie vivant dans la communauté. Quarante-deux (n=42) centres d’hébergement pour personnes âgées du Nouveau-Brunswick ont complété un sondage en ligne et 10 de ces établissements ont accepté d’accorder des entretiens. Les résultats montrent que 100 % des participants sont d’avis que les centres d’hébergement pourraient offrir des services aux personnes âgées dans la communauté afin de favoriser le vieillir chez soi. Les résultats suggèrent que les centres d’hébergement peuvent apporter des solutions efficientes et innovantes en ce sens.

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Copyright © Canadian Association on Gerontology 2018 

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We are grateful for the collaboration with the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes.

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