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Quality of life in older adult care homes: Comparing office hours with out-of-office hours

Smith, Nick, Towers, Ann-Marie, Palmer, Sinead, Collins, Grace (2019) Quality of life in older adult care homes: Comparing office hours with out-of-office hours. Journal of Long-Term Care, . (In press) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Context: Poorer mortality rates and quality of care in hospitals outside of office hours is well documented. The literature on adult social (long-term) care, and in particular, care homes, is much less developed. There are, however, a few studies that suggest that outside of Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 16.30pm, quality of care in care homes might be lower.

Limitations: The study struggled to explain this variation. This work was both exploratory and small in size. We also did not collect data on levels of staffing. Implications: Further work is required to both confirm our findings and explore the reasons for the difference. Nonetheless, this study challenges the traditional model of care, in which social activities and meaningful pastimes are mostly organised during ‘office hours’. We observed evenings that were very short, as residents tended to return to their room shortly after dinner, a nd quiet weekends and this was reflected in residents’ quality of life. This is contrary to the rhetoric of care homes being people’s own homes, where they would be able to choose to remain active and engaged into the evening and on the weekends, as they may have done throughout their lives.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV59 Institutional care/home care
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Nick Smith
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2019 11:41 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 10:04 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/77302 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Smith, Nick: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9793-6988
Towers, Ann-Marie: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3597-1061
Palmer, Sinead: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8106-3078
Collins, Grace: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0144-9411
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