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Study finds knowing residents' pasts improves nursing home care
The Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University has released a report indicating that increased staff knowledge of nursing home residents’ pasts can lead to improved resident/staff relations and job satisfaction.
The report, “Enriching Now With Then: Connecting Nursing Home Staff and Residents Through Oral History,” was authored by Mike Payne, Scripps research associate, and features verbatim observations from both residents and staff, including the following statement from a staff member.
“It’s nice to know more about (the residents) and their lives when they were my age now. We get so caught up in the job sometimes, so caught up in how these people are now. It’s good to remember who they were and not take them for granted. The stories help keep the humanity of these people I work with in the front of my mind.”
The report contains the complete oral histories, along with photographs and basic biographical information, of all 13 participating residents. The full report can be accessed at here.
For more information, contact Mike Payne at 529-2652 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Scripps Gerontology Center is a research institution dedicated to generating and disseminating multidisciplinary aging-related knowledge on topics such as long-term care, nursing home versus assisted living care, Medicaid and funding issues.