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Elders’ decisions to enter assisted living facilities: a grounded theory study.
Journal of Housing for the Elderly (2008)
  • Shu-Li Chen
  • Janet W. Brown
  • Linda C. Mefford, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • A. de La Roche
  • A. M. McLain
  • M. W. Haun
  • D. J. Persell
Abstract
The purpose of this qualitative study was to develop a substantive theory of elders' decision-making process to relocate to an assisted living facility. The researchers interviewed a purposive sample of 28 elders who resided in assisted living facilities. The theory of elders' decisions to relocate to an assisted living facility is a story about elders weighing and balancing gains and losses to go to where the help is. Decision makers weigh and balance gains and losses before, during, and after relocating to an assisted living facility. Elders stay at their current residence if gains outweigh losses and they relocate if losses outweigh gains. Understanding the process of decision-making in this segment of the population may lead to the development of interventions that can promote positive relocation experiences among elders and increase the effectiveness of their decision-making behaviors.
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Publication Date
2008
Citation Information
Chen, S.L., Brown, J.W., Mefford, L.C., de La Roche, A., McLain, A.M., Haun, M.W. & Persell, D.J. (2008). Elders' decisions to enter assisted living facilities: a grounded theory study. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 22(1-2), 86-103.