Supporting the Grief, Loss and Bereavement Needs of Families of Older People Living in Residential Aged Care
© 2021 Flinders University
In Australia, a significant number of families are affected by the decision to enter – and subsequent death of someone in – residential aged care. While a sense of grief and loss is common among the caregiving families of aged care residents, there is evidence that families’ experience of loss and grief can be complicated or relieved by the process of transition to aged care, and that there is scope to augment supports for people experiencing loss and grief in this setting. This White Paper reports on a project that was undertaken to understand the bereavement, grief and loss needs of the families of those living in, or entering, residential aged care in South Australia. The Project involved a systematic review of key literature pertaining to grief, loss and bereavement, interviews and focus group discussions with families, caregivers and aged care staff, and the development of electronic and print resources to help families and caregivers of people living in, or entering, residential aged care deal with their sense of grief, loss and bereavement.
Palliative medicine, Grief, Bereavement, Residential aged care
Tieman J, Vandersman P, Brooksbank M & Swetenham K. Supporting the Grief, Loss and Bereavement Needs of Families of Older People Living in Residential Aged Care. RePaDD White Paper. Adelaide, South Australia: Flinders University Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying: 2021