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Failing Health and the Desire for Independence: Two Conflicting Aspects of Health Care in Old Age

Social Problems

Author: Morgan, D. L.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1982


This paper develops a health-care career for the elderly through a study of the residents (N = 58) and staff in an old-age home containing both semi-independent apartments and a supervised nursing area. & staff in a church-sponsored old-age home in the Midwest, containing both semi-independent apartments & a supervised nursing area. Negotiations between residents & staff over when to move to the nursing area follow five stages: disguising problems, minimizing problems, denying the implications of problems or their treatments, seeking alternatives to the move, & creating conflict. The conflict between staff & residents arises over their differences in perceptions of the costs & benefits of moving from the semi-independent apartments to the nursing area: residents attribute low medical gains & high social losses to the move; for staff it is just the opposite.

Further Details

Full Title: Social Problems
Pages: 40-50
Volume: 30
Issue: 1
Accession Number: 23.5.03
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 12/07/2013
Keywords: olderhealth improvementnursing homeNorth AmericaPatient perspective
Reads: 251