“Home is Home:” Exploring the Meaning of Home across Long-Term Care Settings
This research was supported by grants from the Oregon Department of Human Services, Quality of Care Fund [IAA #158501] and Civil Money Penalty Fund [IAA #155717].
Journal of Aging and Environment
To feel “at home” in long term care (LTC) is an important programmatic goal. Few large studies, however, have examined resident perspectives about feeling at home across different types of LTC settings. We asked 632 older adults living in nursing homes, assisted living, and adult foster homes in Oregon whether or not their setting felt “like home” and to describe their experiences with “at-homeness.” Our qualitative analysis revealed five distinct themes that encompassed social connection; autonomy, control, and choice; engagement with the physical environment; organizational environment; and perceptions and coping. Our findings demonstrate how organizational features, interacting with resident characteristics, can facilitate or constrain the experience of home in LTC settings.
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Diana Cater, Ozcan Tunalilar, Diana L. White, Serena Hasworth & Jaclyn Winfree (2021) “Home is Home:” Exploring the Meaning of Home across Long-Term Care Settings, Journal of Aging and Environment, DOI: 10.1080/26892618.2021.1932012