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J Adv Nurs. 1996 Aug;24(2):265-74.

Entry to care: positive choice or fait accompli? developing a more proactive nursing response to the needs of older people and their carers.

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Department of Health Care for Elderly People, University of Sheffield, England.


A range of issues surrounding admission to either residential or nursing home care are considered from the perspectives of older people and their family carers. Drawing on the literature and a number of studies conducted by the authors, the processes and perceptions that shape and influence admission to care are identified. On the basis of the interaction of these factors a four-stage typology of admission is suggested: the positive choice, the rationalized alternative, the discredited option, and the fait accompli. The characteristics of each admission type are discussed and the implications for professionals, particularly nurses, working with older people and their carers are addressed.

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