Family-based intervention in residential long-term care

Joseph E. Gaugler, Keith A. Anderson, Heidi H. Holmes

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Family care for older adults is often conceptualized as a ‘career,’ and one of the key transitions that may occur during the course of caregiving is the placement of an older relative in a residential long-term care facility (most commonly a nursing home). This literature review critiques and synthesizes existing intervention strategies designed to promote family involvement following institutionalization. In particular, two types of family-based interventions are identified that have received scientific evaluations in the literature: group-based and family-staff partnership approaches. Specific studies on each of these types (N = 11) are summarized and critiqued. Key research and practice recommendations are also offered to guide the future evaluation of programs to assist families adapt to the long-term care experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChallenges of Aging on U.S. Families
Subtitle of host publicationPolicy and Practice Implications
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780203051337
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • Family caregiving
  • Family involvement


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