Staff perceptions of families in rural residential aged care
AuthorErvin, KE; Cross, M; Koschel, A
Source TitleJournal of Hospital Administration
AffiliationRural Health Academic Centre
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsErvin, K. E., Cross, M. & Koschel, A. (2012). Staff perceptions of families in rural residential aged care. Journal of Hospital Administration, 2 (1), pp.59-59. https://doi.org/10.5430/jha.v2n1p59.
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Abstract:Objective – The aim of the project was to identify staff opinions of working with families rural in residential aged care. Method – Staff from 3 aged care facilities completed and returned a questionnaire on their opinion about working with families and family participation in aged care settings. Results – There was a 46.9% return rate, with 85% of staff reporting that families should be encouraged to participate in the care of their relatives. However, the findings also report 87% of staff perceived that family members were hostile without good reason and 76% report families were angry with aged care workers and undermined their treatment efforts. Conclusions – Family participation in aged care settings is essential for provision of person-centred care practices. The current negative perceptions of families expressed by rural aged care staff requires further research or at a minimum the use of a tool to monitor organisations performance in relations with families. Key Words Aged care, Family participation, Person-centred care, Residential care, Staff/Family relationships
KeywordsAged Care Nursing; Rural Health; Health Related to Ageing
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