"The red dress or the blue?" How do staff perceive that they support decision making for people with dementia living in residential aged care facilities?

Fetherstonhaugh, D., Tarzia, L., Bauer, M., Nay, R., & Beattie, E.lizabeth (2014) "The red dress or the blue?" How do staff perceive that they support decision making for people with dementia living in residential aged care facilities? Journal of Applied Gerontology, 33(3).

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Abstract

Respect for a person's right to make choices and participate in decision making is generally seen as central to quality of life and well-being. When a person moves into a residential aged care facility (RACF), however, decision making becomes more complicated, particularly if the person has a diagnosis of dementia. Little is known about how staff in RACFs perceive that they support decision making for people with dementia within their everyday practice, and this article seeks to address this knowledge gap. The article reports on the findings of a qualitative study conducted in the states of Victoria and Queensland, Australia with 80 direct care staff members. Findings revealed that the participants utilized a number of strategies in their intention to support decision making for people with dementia, and had an overall perception that "a little effort goes a long way."

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ID Code: 78612
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: autonomy, decision making, dementia, long-term care, staff
DOI: 10.1177/0733464814531089
ISSN: 1552-4523
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Aged Care Nursing (111001)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Authors
Deposited On: 07 Jan 2015 05:26
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 06:01

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