The Context of Change: Disorientation Following Intra-Institutional Relocation

Rachel A. Pruchno, Nancy L. Resch

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Levels of disorientation following either intra-institutional relocation or no relocation were compared for a sample ofpeople resident in a nursing home from April to October, 1983, and a second, independent sample who were either moved or not moved between December 1985 and June 1986. Results of separate logistic regression analyses indicated no differences in disorientation dependent on move status for the first sample, but significant differences for the second group. Among the latter group, nonmovers demonstrated the highest levels of disorientation. Results are interpreted as a function of the larger contexts in which the moves were made. Suggestions are made regarding issues of concern for administrators of long-term care facilities faced with the responsibility of relocating nursing home residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-480
Number of pages16
JournalThe Journal of Applied Gerontology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1989
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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