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Making Care Decisions in Home-Based Dementia Care: Why Context Matters*

  • Oona St-Amant (a1), Catherine Ward-Griffin (a1), Ryan T. DeForge (a2), Abe Oudshoorn (a1), Carol McWilliam (a1), Dorothy Forbes (a3), Marita Kloseck (a4) and Jodi Hall (a2)...


D’ici à 2038, le nombre d’heures de soins non rémunérées aux aînés offert par les membres de la famille devraient tripler. Les membres des familles sont souvent suppliés d’aider dans le processus parce que vivre avec la démence peut inhiber la capacité pour prendre une décision. Cette étude ethnographique a soumis les relations au sein de soins de la démence à domicile à un examen critique par le biais des entrevues face-à-face et les observations des participants des clients, des aidants naturels et des prestataires de soins à domicile. Les résultats ont révélé comment les décisions sont imposées dans le contexte du système de soins à domicile formels, et ont mis en évidence trois thèmes: (1) L’accommodation de la compétence/incompétence, comme définie cliniquement; (2) La prise de décisions inopportunes; et (3) Le renforcement de l’exclusion des déments dans la prise de décision. Ces thèmes illuminent la façon dont les valeurs culturelles (la compétence), les croyances (l’immuabilité du système) et les pratiques (le réglage des décisions) dans le système de soins à domicile sont finalement déterministes dans la prise de décisions pour les déments et leurs aidants. Afin d’optimiser la santé des déments qui se font soignés à domicile, il faut accorder d’attention supplémentaire aux pratiques collaboratives et inclusives des membres des familles.


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Correspondence and requests for offprints should be sent to / La correspondance et les demandes de tirés-à-part doivent être adressées à: Oona St-Amant, R.N., M.ScN. Faculty of Health Sciences Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing The University of Western Ontario Rm H004B, Health Sciences Addition London, ON N6A 5C1 (


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This study was funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (IA) and Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.

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Making Care Decisions in Home-Based Dementia Care: Why Context Matters*

  • Oona St-Amant (a1), Catherine Ward-Griffin (a1), Ryan T. DeForge (a2), Abe Oudshoorn (a1), Carol McWilliam (a1), Dorothy Forbes (a3), Marita Kloseck (a4) and Jodi Hall (a2)...


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