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Title: Living in institutional care: Residents' experiences and coping strategies
Author: O'DWYER, CIARA MARY
TIMONEN, VIRPI
Author's Homepage: http://people.tcd.ie/timonenv
http://people.tcd.ie/cmodwyer
Keywords: residential
care
older people
needs
quality of life
Maslow
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Timonen, Virpi and O'Dwyer, Ciara, Living in institutional care: Residents' experiences and coping strategies, Social Work in Healthcare, 48, 6, 2009, 597 - 613
Series/Report no.: Social Work in Healthcare
48
6
Abstract: Insights into daily living in residential care settings are rare. This article draws on a qualitative dataset (semi-structured interviews and recordings of residents’ council meetings) that gives a glimpse of the experiences and coping strategies of (older) people living in residential care. The data highlights the range of unmet needs of the residents, similar to the categories of physiological, safety, love, esteem and self-actualisation needs in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory. Our analysis indicates that ‘higher’ and ‘lower’ needs are closely inter-twined and mutually reinforcing and should therefore be accorded equal emphasis by professionals (including social workers) employed within residential care settings.
Description: PUBLISHED
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00981380902791267
http://hdl.handle.net/2262/34546
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