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Omega (Westport). 2013;67(1-2):221-6.

The "We Care" program for long-term care: providing family members with support following the death of a loved one.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1876, USA.


Although bereavement programs in hospice and palliative care settings are known to produce positive outcomes for family members after the death of a loved one, currently there is a clear lack of services offered through long-term care (LTC) facilities, where older adults often reside prior to their death. The purpose of the present article is to present an initial bereavement program called We Care that focused on providing additional support for family members who experience a death of a loved one while in a LTC facility. Goals for the program include: 1) providing ongoing contact with the family for 1 year, and 2) offering a bereavement group. The program's model is explained, with highlights of obstacles experienced and suggestions for future programs.

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