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

Parker, Deborah (2009). The construction of identity for people dying in residential aged care facilities in Australia. In: Together! Cultural connections for quality care at the end of life. Palliative Care 2009: the 10th APCC (Australian Palliative Care Conference) and the 8th APHC (Asia Pacific Hospice Conference), Perth, WA, Australia, (). 24-27 September 2009.

Author Parker, Deborah
Title of paper The construction of identity for people dying in residential aged care facilities in Australia
Conference name Together! Cultural connections for quality care at the end of life. Palliative Care 2009: the 10th APCC (Australian Palliative Care Conference) and the 8th APHC (Asia Pacific Hospice Conference)
Conference location Perth, WA, Australia
Conference dates 24-27 September 2009
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Poster
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.

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.
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Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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