We examined the frequency and stability of family contact with long-term institutional residents during a major deinstitutionalization project. Movers relocated to community accommodation between Assessments 1 (baseline) and 2. Stayers remained institutionalized. We investigated family contact longitudinally over four annual assessments. There was no significant between-group difference in frequency of family contact at baseline, but, subsequently, movers had more frequent family contact than did stayers. There was a significant decline over time in the proportion of stayers with family contact and a significant increase in movers with family contact, with a marked resumption of contact by movers during the first year of community living. Carefully supporting family (re)involvement during the relocation process may be associated with stable, long-term family contact.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - Dec 2006|