The construction of identity for people dying in residential aged care facilities in Australia

Parker, Deborah (2008). The construction of identity for people dying in residential aged care facilities in Australia. In: 7th Palliative Care Congress, Glasgow, United Kingdom, (573-573). 29 April - 1 May 2008. doi:10.1177/0269216308090402


Author Parker, Deborah
Title of paper The construction of identity for people dying in residential aged care facilities in Australia
Conference name 7th Palliative Care Congress
Conference location Glasgow, United Kingdom
Conference dates 29 April - 1 May 2008
Journal name Palliative Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Published abstract
DOI 10.1177/0269216308090402
ISSN 0269-2163
1477-030X
Volume 22
Issue 4
Start page 573
End page 573
Total pages 1
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Background: Residential aged care facilities in Australia have a complex social, political and economic history. Major demographic, social and financial pressures face Australia as the population ages.
Method: In attempting to understand the complexity of death and dying in residential
aged care facilities an ethnographic approach using the techniques of participant observation, everyday conversations and document analysis for eleven residents, their families and staff within two facilities in metropolitan Adelaide, South Australia was undertaken. This data has been analysed from a symbolic interactionist perspective which views residential aged care facilities as social institutions where construction of death and dying arises out of the individual experience, most specifically the
experience of social interaction. The concepts of self identity and the social processes that construct a dying individual's identity provided a key focus to understanding experiences within institutional settings.
Results
: This paper presents evidence that residential aged eare facilities are discursive environments, which provide institutional templates for the construction of self identity for dying residents. The discursive environments of the two residential aged care facilities embraced the revivalist discourse of a palliative approach for dying residents. This revivalist discourse was evidenced by discursive practices within the environments that acknowledged death and dying and embraced self identity, values, biography and relationships between dying residents, their family and staff. However, this revivalist discourse was overshadowed by the biomédical and economic discourses which are dominant in these settings and which dictated the possible institutional templates that were available for dying residents to construct their identity. This paper proposes a model of identity construction for dying residents which contributes to a theoretically-based understanding of the experiences of death and dying in residential aged care facilities.
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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