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Death and bereavement in nursing homes: Attitudes among nursing home personnel and opinions of residents

Death and bereavement in nursing homes: Attitudes among nursing home personnel and opinions of residents

Revista Espanola de Geriatria y Gerontologia 33(1): 21-26

Although death is common in nursing homes, residents often are not informed of the deaths that occur. A survey was made in nursing homes of the province of Vizcaya (Spain) and interviews were held with the elderly residents of a nursing home to examine their situation in our region. Forty percent of the centers (and 83% of the private centers) that responded did not inform residents when deaths occurred. The elderly subjects interviewed indicated that in most cases they were not informed of deaths but wanted to receive this information. It is suggested that within the context of suitable psychosocial care in nursing homes, death should be considered as a common occurrence and residents' opinions and the difficulties of staff in coping should be taken into account.

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