Date of Award

Summer 1987

Document Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




An exploratory study of the factors precipitating placement of an older adult in a nursing home as perceived by family members was completed in a rural 328 bed county managed nursing home in southeastern Wisconsin. A convenience sample of fifteen family members were interviewed using an eight item semi-structured questionnaire. The purpose of the study was to add to the body of nursing knowledge by identifying factors influencing admission of older adults in a nursing home. Secondary questions discuss who was involved in the decision-making process, the community resources utilized prior to admission, the level of involvement by family members and the ease in locating information concerning nursing home placement. Descriptive statistics were used to report the results of the interviews. An average of 7.1 factors were found to precipitate nursing home admission. Major factors precipitating placement of the older adult in a nursing home as perceived by family members were: self care deficits (33 percent), safety (22 percent), physical illness (17 percent), memory changes (11 percent), aggressive behavior (6)



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