Older residents' perspectives of long-term care facilities in China

Jing Wang, Junqiao Wang, Yuling Cao, Shoumei Jia, Bei Wu

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Abstract

China's formal long-term care (LTC) system is in its developmental stage due to lack of standardized health assessments for resident admission, limited government funding, an acute shortage of qualified staffat all levels, and regional disparities in quality of care. Relocation to LTC facilities changes the lives of older adults because they have to leave behind their homes and previous social networks. The current study aimed to provide an in-depth exploration of 25 older adult residents' lives in four LTC facilities in China. A conventional content analysis approach was used to interpret participant interviews. Residents experienced losses and gains from residential life. Three themes emerged: (a) influences of cultural beliefs, (b) basic care needs fulfilled in LTC facilities, and (c) lack of quality care in LTC facilities. Findings show that residents' basic needs were met in Chinese LTC facilities, but there is room for improvement in delivering quality care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-43
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of gerontological nursing
Volume42
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Gerontology

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