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Dwyer, A,Heary, C,Ward, M,MacNeela, P
2019
January
Disability And Rehabilitation
Adding insult to brain injury: young adults' experiences of residing in nursing homes following acquired brain injury
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Acquired brain injury nursing home aged care young adults rehabilitation interpretative phenomenological analysis RESIDENTIAL AGED CARE QUALITY-OF-LIFE ACCOMMODATION OUTCOMES SOCIAL IDENTITY PEOPLE REHABILITATION LONG INTERVENTION EPIDEMIOLOGY PERSPECTIVES
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Purpose: There is general consensus that adults under age 65 with acquired brain injury residing in nursing homes is inappropriate, however there is a limited evidence base on the issue. Previous research has relied heavily on third-party informants and qualitative studies have been of questionable methodological quality, with no known study adopting a phenomenological approach. This study explored the lived experiences of young adults with brain injury residing in aged care facilities. Methods: Interpretative phenomenological analysis was employed to collect and analyze data from six semi-structured interviews with participants regarding their experiences of living in nursing homes. Results: Two themes were identified, including "Corporeal prison of acquired brain injury: broken selves" and "Existential prison of the nursing home: stagnated lives". Results illustrated that young adults with acquired brain injury can experience aged care as an existential prison in which their lives feel at a standstill. This experience was characterized by feelings of not belonging in a terminal environment, confinement, disempowerment, emptiness and hope for greater autonomy through rehabilitation. Conclusion: It is hoped that this study will provide relevant professionals, services and policy-makers with insight into the challenges and needs of young adults with brain injury facing these circumstances.
10.1080/09638288.2017.1370732
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