Our study aimed to identify grief, loss and bereavement-related information and support needs of bereaved family member, or family members and carers of older people in the last year of life who are entering or living in residential aged care.
The study followed the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines utilising scientific peer reviewed journal articles retrieved through searches in MEDLINE, Scopus, CINAHL (EBSCO), PsycINFO (Ovid), ProQuest and PubMed. The review identified nine key themes across five caregiving trajectories, including preplacement, transitioning, currently living, end-of-life care, and after death. Based on the findings of the systematic review and the findings of an associated interview study of families and aged care staff, we produced a booklet on grief and bereavement for use in residential aged care. An electronic copy of the bereavement booklet is available to download.
Researchers: Prof Jennifer Tieman, Dr Priyanka Vandersman, and Dr Amal Chakraborty
Funding: SA Health
Research Products: When someone dies in residential aged care: Grief and loss for families (PDF)