Experiences of relocation in dementia care from the perspective of six care workers.
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: International journal of older people nursing
Experiences of relocation in dementia care from the perspective of six care workers. International Journal of Older People Nursing6, 93-101 doi: 10.1111/j.1748-3743.2010.00246.x Background. Relocation of persons with dementia might be considered when quality of care cannot be sustained due to increasing needs. Relocation has been studied from the aspects of mortality and morbidity. Aim. To explore the thoughts and experiences of care workers when relocating a person with dementia within municipal sheltered housing. Method. This qualitative study was conducted in Sweden and based on interviews with six care workers involved in the relocation of two persons with dementia. Latent content analysis was applied. Results. The findings of one narrative are summarised in the theme 'Walking the tightrope: trying to balance conflicting needs'. In the other narrative the theme 'Balancing closeness and distance' emerged. Eight sub-themes were identified illustrating the relocation time-line. Conclusion. Relocation from the care workers' perspective is a complex process with conflicting values and practical issues that hinder the provision of good care and security. Implications for practice. Supporting next of kin in the relocation decision-making process presupposes time for reflection in dialogue with staff. The risk of moral distress should be observed and support for care workers could be provided in the form of supervision, ethical consultations and local guidelines.
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