The dining experience of residents with dementia in long-term care facilities

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2008
Keywords: 
Dementia-institutional care
Dining experience-psychological aspects
Dining experience-social aspects
Nursing homes-administration
Dementia
Dining
Nursing homes
Food
Mealtimes
Abstract: 

This qualitative study aimed to explore the dining experience of residents with dementia in long-term care facilities, with a focus on the psychosocial aspect of their experiences. Data were collected by multiple methods, including participant observation and conversational interviews with residents with dementia, focus groups with staff, and examination of documents at two urban facilities in British Columbia, Canada. Data analysis revealed eight themes: (1) Outpacing/ Relaxed pace, (2) Withholding/ Holding, (3) Stimulation, (4) Disrespect/ Respect, (5) Invalidation/ Validation, (6) Distancing/ Connecting, (7) Disempowerment/ Empowerment, and (8) Ignoring/ Inclusion. These themes provide a clear set of factors that affect the quality of residents' experiences and offer insights into the processes of how multiple factors influence the residents' experiences in complex ways. The results suggest that although staff approaches significantly impact residents' experiences, the physical environment and organizational milieu are also responsible for hindering and facilitating staff to provide care.

Language: 
English
Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Habib Chaudhury
Department: 
Out of date: Gerontology Program - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Thesis (M.A.)
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