The Erosion of Autonomy in Long-Term Care

The Erosion of Autonomy in Long-Term Care

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In few places in American society are adults so dependent on others as in nursing homes. Minimizing this dependency and promoting autonomy has become a major focus of policy and ethics in gerontology. Yet most of these discussions are divorced from the day-to-day reality of long-term care and are implicitly based on concepts of autonomy derived from acute medical care settings. Promoting autonomy in long-term care, however, is a complex task which requires close attention to everyday routines and a fundamental rethinking of the meaning of autonomy. This timely work is based on an observational study of two different types of settings which provide long-term care for the elderly. The authors offer a detailed description of the organizational patterns that erode autonomy of the elderly. Their observations lead to a substantial rethinking of what the concept of autonomy means in these settings. The book concludes with concrete suggestions on methods to increase the autonomy of elderly individuals in long-term care institutions.show more

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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 163.6 x 244.1 x 23.9mm | 497.65g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195073940
  • 9780195073942

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In few places in American society are adults so dependent on others as in nursing homes. Minimizing this dependency and promoting autonomy has become a major focus of policy and ethics in gerontology. Yet most of these discussions are divorced from the day-to-day reality of long-term care and are implicitly based on concepts of autonomy derived from acute medical care settings. Promoting autonomy in long-term care, however, is a complex task which requires close attention to everyday routines and a fundamental rethinking of the meaning of autonomy. This timely work is based on an observational study of two different types of settings which provide long-term care for the elderly. The authors offer detailed descriptions of the organizational patterns and routine practices that erode autonomy of the elderly. Their observations lead to a substantial rethinking of what the concept of autonomy means in long-term care. The book concludes with suggestions on how the autonomy of elderly individuals in long-term care institutions might be promoted.show more

Table of contents

1. The Meaning of Autonomy in Long-Term Care ; 2. How Did We Get There? A Brief History of the Nursing Home ; 3. The Setting and Research Strategies ; 4. The Value Basis of Long-Term Care ; 5. Caring and Cared For: Role Relationships in Long-Term Care ; 6. Restrictions ; 7. Activities and Schedules: The Routine of Daily Life ; 8. Interaction Patterns and Autonomy ; 9. Privacy: Access to Space and Property ; 10. Physical Redirection and Restraint ; 11. Summary and Implications for Long-Term Careshow more