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J Appl Gerontol. 2017 Aug;36(8):993-1015. doi: 10.1177/0733464815602109. Epub 2015 Aug 31.

Family Involvement in Nursing Homes: Are Family Caregivers Getting What They Want?

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1 University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, Canada.
2 University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.


The provision of person-centered care for nursing home residents with dementia suggests the need for family caregiver involvement. In this article, we argue that optimal family involvement differs by family caregiver and therefore depends on the degree to which family caregivers consider their own involvement to be important. In this Canadian study, we compare the importance that 135 family caregivers of residents with dementia place on 20 kinds of involvement with the degree to which they perceive opportunities for involvement. Family Involvement Congruence Scores are calculated in three ways: those for whom involvement is important, those for whom involvement is not important, and an overall congruence score. Congruence scores varied by involvement type. These scores show promise for use in future research on family caregiver involvement and as tools for use by facilities as they endeavor to meet family caregiver expectations for involvement.


dementia care; family involvement; institutionalization

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