Is nursing home care better for elderly people than living with a family caregiver?

Findings From a Meta-ethnographic Study

  1. Introduction
  2. overview of the issue you are examining

As soon as individuals get older, they face a lot of challenges, related to their health and their ability to perform their daily duties, and this is the reason, why it is important to define the best options for organizing of better care either in nursing home or provided by family care givers. Elderly people often suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s and in most cases family members are not ready and are not equipped to manage the new conditions and secure high quality care for the elderly patients.


  1. Overview of what your paper will cover and how this will be accomplished

When placed to special care facilities, like professional nursing homes, elderly people have better chances to manage their daily activities, get access to special care, tube feeding and so on. Considering the real needs of elderly people, suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s, it is possible to conclude that professional nursing care is more preferable for both an elderly person and his family member.


  1. Working Thesis

Professionals at nursing homes are much better equipped in order to provide adequate and qualitative support for elderly people, suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s in comparison to family members.


  1. Definition of terms

Nursing homes are the residential accommodations for individuals, needing special care, mostly including elderly people. Family care givers are the representatives of the family, who secure emotional and physical care for elderly patients.


  1. Overview of Related Literature (sources so far)

Nursing homes provide memory care for elderly people with mental illnesses that include on site nursing staff, and on-call physicians.  The literature supports that family care giver’s give up care of their elder family members who has dementia, and seek help of nursing home for care of their loved ones (Graneheim, U. H., Johansson, A., Lindgren, M., 2014). “It was noticed that independent elderly people need caregivers to support them in the execution of their activities. And, among caregivers, formal support is non-existent, which makes it essential for health professionals to adopt preventive measures for health and care-related burdens, with a focus on the family.” (Ferraz dos Anjos, Narriman solva de Olieveira Boery and Oliveira Santa Rosa, 2017).

  1. An overview of any limitations in the paper

The research of this paper is limited to a great extent by the actual choice of elderly individuals, who are able to decide, whether they want to be sent to nursing homes or would prefer to remain at home.

II.          The Issue

A. Brief history of the issue (context)

Elderly individuals are to face numerous problems, which are related either to their physical or to their mental state and conditions. This is the task of the health care professionals at nursing homes to secure organization of high quality support for them, when they arrive to their institutions. At the same time family members of elderly individuals might face challenges in organization of the corresponding care for their relatives and close people. Thus nursing home is much more functional for elderly people in relation to providing versatile and professional care for them.

  1. Challenge posed by the issue

The major challenge, posed by the issue, is related to the fact that elderly people are closely connected to their families and irrespective of nice environment of nursing homes, continue to miss their families and close people.

  1. How the issue impacts nurses

In order to provide really effective and professional care, nurses are encouraged to contribute to appropriate organization of nurse-patient relations at nursing homes, which should be built on the positive basis.

  1. How the issue impacts patients

The decision to move an elderly person to a nursing home might be really difficult for both the relatives of this person and for the patient himself. Certainly everybody has different attitude to the process of retiring and need to distance from other family members.

  • Literature Review [Title of First Key Concern/Idea]
  1. Qualitative/Quantitative Literature 1 (journal article, title and author)

Family caregiver’s experiences of relinquishing the care of a person with dementia to a nursing home: Insights from a meta-ethnographic study. Graneheim, Ulla H.; Johansson, Anneli; Lindgren, Britt‐Marie.

  1. Overview/Summary of the position (1-3 lines)

Individuals, who face the problem of organization of the appropriate care for their elderly relatives, often contact nursing homes in order to secure safety and adequate support for their close people. “The burden on those who care at home for persons with dementia is well-documented. The entire family is affected, and caring for a person with dementia at home often means social isolation. Friends may under- stand and accept that the person with dementia cannot participate in activities and social life as before; the isolation experienced by caregivers arises most often because of all their time spent caring and worrying” (Graneheim, Johansson and Lindgren, 2014, p. 215).  Especially it is important to take timely decision about moving an elderly patient to nursing home, when the dementia progresses, as this could be dangerous to keep such patients at home. Most of individuals turn out to be unprepared for the changes, happening to their close relatives and thus they fail to perform a different role in their relations.


  1. Relevance to the issue (1-3 lines)

There are a lot of care options for organization of professional support, which would be more beneficial for the patients and for the members of their families, to help them to avoid isolation and depressive moods.

  1. Application to your thesis/paper (1-3 lines)

This article contributes to the research of the problem, offering clear and precise argumentation, regarding the advantages of nursing homes and professional specialists in comparison to family members.

  1. Qualitative/Quantitative Literature 2 (journal article, title and author)

Characteristics of elderly and their family caregivers.Ferraz dos Anjos, Karla; Silva de Oliveira Boery, Rita Narriman; Cruz Santos, Vanessa; Nagib Boery, Eduardo; de Oliveira Santa Rosa, Darci.

1.Overview/Summary of the position (1-3 lines)

As time passes, people become more and more helpless due to their limited physical and mental abilities. The situation is worsened by such diseases by elderly people as dementia or Alzheimer’s. “When the caregivers assume care for the elderly, they begin to experience family organization due to the demands that arise. Thus, the caregiver modifies the way of living as a result of caring for the elderly. This change does not always occur by the caregiver’s will, but by circumstances. And when this happens, the likelihood of overloading is higher, this can interfere with lifestyle, social well-being, and have negative consequences for the elderly, caregiver, and family” (Ferraz dos Anjos, Narriman solva de Olieveira Boery and Oliveira Santa Rosa, 2017, p. 1147). Family members of elderly individuals often face the state of burden and lack moral and physical strength to provide adequate support.


2.Relevance to the issue (1-3 lines)

Family care givers often fail to manage their social life along with taking the responsibility of caring of elderly people at home.

3.Application to your thesis/paper (1-3 lines)

Both articles are useful for building argumentation for using nursing homes in order to organize care for elderly individuals. Elderly people suffer from a wide range of mental, physical and psychological problems but the end of their lives and this makes them too much dependant upon their families. Irrespective of the fact that their family members often want to help, they turn out to be not ready for the challenges of dementia or Alzheimer’s by their close people.

  1. Summary: Conclusions based on the two sources (1-5 lines)

Nursing homes are better places for elderly people for obtaining of quality care and maintaining of their independence from their younger family members. They are able to avoid all kinds of physical and emotional pressures from the facts that they force their relatives refuse from their lives and take care of them. In addition family caregivers are often not able to provide the needed level of attention and care, as it could be offered at professional nursing homes.

  1. Findings/ Outcomes
  2. Recommendations based on your findings (1-3 lines)

On the basis of this conclusion, it is possible to recommend nursing homes the best solutions for the families, which need to organize care of their elderly members.

  1. To whom are your findings relevant to and why? (1-3 lines)

This finding is relevant to the elderly with certain conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s as well as some physical conditions like tube feeding, colostomy care, wound care, etc. It also helps families, which  fail to provide quality care at home to their family members.

  1. Conclusion
  2. Restatement of the thesis

Nursing home is the better option for elderly people to get quality care in many conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, and also helps to ease care giver’s burden. Health care professionals work together collaboratively to achieve a maximum goal for patient’s well-being.



Ferraz dos Anjos, K., Narriman solva de Olieveira Boery, R., Santos, V. C., Nagib Boery, E.,Oliveira Santa Rosa, D. (2017). Characteristics of elderly and their family caregivers.

Journal of Nursing, 11(3), 1146-55. doi: 10.5205/reuol.10544-93905-1-RV.1103201704.

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Graneheim, U. H., Johansson, A., Lindgren, M. (2014). Family caregiver’s experiences of relinquishing the care of a person with dementia to a nursing home: Insights from a meta- ethnographic study. Scandinavian journal of caring sciences, 28. 215-224. doi:  10.1111/scs.12046. Retrieved from:

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