Resident challenges with daily life in Chinese long-term care facilities: A qualitative pilot study

Yuting Song, Kezia Scales, Ruth A. Anderson, Bei Wu, Kirsten N. Corazzini

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As traditional family-based care in China declines, the demand for residential care increases. Knowledge of residents’ experiences with long-term care (LTC) facilities is essential to improving quality of care. This pilot study aimed to describe residents’ experiences in LTC facilities, particularly as it related to physical function. Semi-structured open-ended interviews were conducted in two facilities with residents stratified by three functional levels (n = 5). Directed content analysis was guided by the Adaptive Leadership Framework. A two-cycle coding approach was used with a first-cycle descriptive coding and second-cycle dramaturgical coding. Interviews provided examples of challenges faced by residents in meeting their daily care needs. Five themes emerged: staff care, care from family members, physical environment, other residents in the facility, and personal strategies. Findings demonstrate the significance of organizational context for care quality and reveal foci for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-23
Number of pages6
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2018


  • Activities of daily living
  • Adaptive leadership
  • China
  • Long-term care
  • Qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology


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