Factors affecting dementia care practitioners’ decision‐making on moves to a care home for persons living with dementia: a factorial survey

Cole, Laura ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7194-5616, Bisquera, Alessandra, Samsi, Kritika and Manthorpe, Jill (2021) Factors affecting dementia care practitioners’ decision‐making on moves to a care home for persons living with dementia: a factorial survey. Health & Social Care in the Community. ISSN 0966-0410

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Abstract

Deciding if and when might be the ‘optimal’ time for a person living with dementia to move to a care home is often difficult for the individual, family and practitioners. In this study, we describe the outcome of a factorial survey conducted with 100 dementia care practitioners (a frontline health or social care worker who works with people living with dementia) in England, which investigated factors used in deciding when a person living with dementia moves to a care home. Using findings from qualitative interviews with older people living with dementia, family carers, care home managers and social workers, we identified four factors that appeared to influence the decision to move to a care home: (1) Family carers’ ability to support the person with daily activities, (2) amount of support provided by home care workers, (3) level of risk of harm and (4) the person living with dementia's wishes. These factors were then randomised within skeleton vignettes that told the story of a fictitious woman (Jane) living with dementia at home with her husband. Fifty-four variations of the vignettes were produced and randomly assigned to 100 surveys. A total of 100 volunteer dementia care practitioners (78% female, 54% over 50 years of age) received their own personalised online survey link via email and were asked to read each vignette and decide whether to suggest Jane (a) move to a care home or (b) continue living at home. Results indicated that Jane's wishes principally drove most dementia care practitioners’ decision on whether to suggest a move to a care home or stay living at home (odds ratio = 6.5–19.5). Findings will inform a better understanding of the factors that contribute toward a decision to move to a care home and be of relevance to policy, practice, training and support.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Citation: Cole, L., Bisquera, A., Samsi, K., & Manthorpe, J. (2021). Factors affecting dementia care practitioners’ decision-making on moves to a care home for persons living with dementia: A factorial survey. Health & Social Care in the Community, 00, 1– 11. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13591
Uncontrolled Keywords: caregivers, decision-making, dementia, long-term care, professional practice, surveys and questionnaires
Subjects: Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health > Care homes
Medicine and health > Clinical medicine > Dementia
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Depositing User: Laura Cole
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2021 12:54
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2021 13:08
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/8365

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