Social Participation in Older Adults after Relocation to Long-Term Care Institutions in China: A Qualitative Study

Honghui Pan, Sarah Dury, Daan Duppen, Vilhelmiina Lehto, Renfeng Wang, Liesbeth De Donder

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Abstract

This study used focus group interviews with older Chinese long-term care residents (N = 40), to explore their perspectives and experiences of social participation in long-term care institutions. Based on previously established taxonomy of different activity levels, we found that their social participation centered on level 3 (involvement with others), level 4 (task-oriented activ- ities), and level 5 activities (helping others). Participants indicated that their social participation had changed after relocation. Thematic analysis revealed three main themes: increased spare time, increased presence of peers, and new participation opportunities with lost old hobbies. Focusing on the positive changes after relocation and promoting meaningful activities of different levels may benefit long-term care residents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-176
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Community Health Nursing
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2020

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