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Healthcare 2015, 3(3), 757-774;

Making the Move: A Mixed Research Integrative Review

Radford University, P.O. Box 6964 Radford, VA 24141, USA
Medical University of South Carolina, 99 Jonathan Lucas Street MSC 160, Charleston, SC 29425, USA
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editors: Tracey L. Yap and Melissa Batchelor-Murphy
Received: 5 June 2015 / Revised: 24 July 2015 / Accepted: 17 August 2015 / Published: 26 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nursing Care of the Older Adult)
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The purpose of this mixed research integrative review is to determine factors that influence relocation transitions for older adults who are considering a move from independent living to supervised housing, such as assisted living, using the Theory of Planned Behavior as a conceptual guide. PubMED, CINAHL, and PsychInfo databases were queried using key words: relocation, transition, older adults, and, elderly and time limited from 1992 to 2014. Sixteen articles were retained for review. The majority of articles, qualitative in design, reveal that older adults who comprehend the need to move and participate in the decision-making process of a relocation adjust to new living environments with fewer negative outcomes than older adults who experience a forced relocation. The few quantitative articles examined the elements of impending relocation using a variety of instruments but support the necessity for older adults to recognize the possibility of a future move and contribute to the relocation process. Additionally, the influence of family, friends, and health care providers provides the older adult with support and guidance throughout the process. View Full-Text
Keywords: relocation; transition; relocation; older adults; elderly; Theory of Planned Behavior; integrative review; adult children; supervised housing relocation; transition; relocation; older adults; elderly; Theory of Planned Behavior; integrative review; adult children; supervised housing
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Gilbert, S.; Amella, E.; Edlund, B.; Nemeth, L. Making the Move: A Mixed Research Integrative Review. Healthcare 2015, 3, 757-774.

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