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Family members' strategies when their elderly relatives consider relocation to a residential home: Adapting, representing and avoiding
Lund University. (CASE- Changing Place of Living in Old Age)
Lund University. (CASE-Changing Place of Living in Old Age)
Lund University, School of Social Work. (REIS- Research on Elderly in Social Sciences)
2012 (English)In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 1879-193X, Vol. 26, no 4, 495-503 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to reveal how family members act, react and reason when their elderly relative considers relocation to a residential home. Since family members are usually involved in the logistics of their elderly relative's relocation, yet simultaneously expected not to influence the decision, the focus is on how family members experience participation in the relocation process in a Swedish context. 17 family members are included in 27 open, semi-structured interviews and follow-up contacts. Prominent features in the findings are firstly the family members' ambition to tone down their personal opinions, even though in their minds their personal preferences are clear, and secondly, the family members' ambivalence about continuity and change in their everyday lives. Family members are found to apply the adapting, the representing, or theavoiding strategy, indirectly also influencing their interaction with the care manager. Siblings applied the adapting strategy, spouses the representing strategy, while family members in the younger generation at times switched between the strategies.

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2012. Vol. 26, no 4, 495-503 p.
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Sociology
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Social Sciences, Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-35246DOI: 10.1016/j.jaging.2012.07.002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-35246DiVA: diva2:725904
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Changing Place of Living in Old AGe
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2014-06-17 Created: 2014-06-17 Last updated: 2017-03-09Bibliographically approved

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