Admission to a nursing home is a time of dramatic change for elders that can negatively affect their sense of well-being and cognitive status. In a study of the quality of care in nursing homes, data were collected on 79 newly admitted elders experiencing transition to a nursing home. Assessments were done at admission and at 6 months in order to compare subjects' cognitive status, morale, level of depression, observed affect and satisfaction with nursing home at both times. Thus, the trajectory of change was examined, revealing a decline in cognitive status and observed affect, but improvement in level of depression. These changes were observed regardless of patient's cognitive status. Satisfaction improved or remained stable in most subjects. Using satisfaction as an indicator of successful adjustment, investigators found that three resident characteristics explained variance in satisfaction scores: gender, cognitive status, and level of depression.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Journal of Mental Health and Aging|
|State||Published - Jun 23 1999|