The process of adult day service use

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The objective of this study was to examine why and how families and older adults utilize adult day services. The current study included three months of participant observation in one rural and one suburban adult day service program in an upper-Midwestern region of the United States as well as semi-structured interviews with 14 family members of clients and 12 staff members from these programs. Several key constructs emerged that organized the multiple sources of qualitative data including programmatic philosophy, positioning, and environment of ADS; clients' and family members' reasons for use; the process of ADS use by families and clients; and pathways to family/client psychosocial and client functional outcomes. A number of inter-related themes emerged within each construct. The constructs identified and their potential associations among each other were used to expand upon and refine prior conceptualizations of ADS to frame future clinical and research efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-54
Number of pages8
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by grant K02 029480 from the National Institute on Aging to Dr. Gaugler.


  • Aging
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Caregivers/caregiving
  • Community-based programs
  • Dementia
  • Families, caregiving
  • Geriatrics
  • Health care, long-term
  • Interviews
  • Observation
  • Participant
  • Psychosocial issues
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Semistructured
  • Stress/distress


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