"They Don't Have Time, but It Would Be Wonderful": Residents' Views of Their Relationships with Staff

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Journal of Gerontological Nursing

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Resident–staff relationships is a component of person-centered care (PCC); positive relationships are associated with positive outcomes. The current article explores the finding that residents living in different types of long-term care assigned the lowest ratings of importance to the PCC domain “relationships with staff ” (one of eight domains studied). Thematic analysis of spontaneous comments made by residents during interviews identified two themes, Relationship Preferences (for privacy, boundaries, engagement) and Lived Experience With Staff (staff busyness, staff interactions). Low ratings of relationship importance may reflect preferences for privacy and maintaining boundaries with staff. Ratings by some residents may be related to staff busyness, an overarching theme. Staff busyness was associated with lack of personal interaction with staff, including for those who expressed preferences for engagement and those who described positive interactions with staff. Some residents may reappraise their views about the importance of relationships to reduce cognitive dissonance. Improving job quality is necessary to assure quality time with residents. [Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 49(11), 8–14.]


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