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Transitioning to Residential Aged Care: Loss and Grief

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Grief is a natural emotional reaction to the loss of someone or something important. It’s an individual experience that affects every person differently and may be expressed in a variety of ways. One life event increasingly been found to cause feelings of grief is the transition to aged care.

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What do you think of when you hear the words ‘loss’ and ‘grief’? For many people, the first thought that comes to mind is probably death. Despite this, there are in reality many types of loss, one of those being the loss of a way of life, which may relate to changing jobs, retiring, moving away or other life events significant to the individual. One such life event that has increasingly been found to cause feelings of grief is the transition from home to residential aged care. These feelings of grief may affect the older adult themselves, their loved ones and carers, and possibly even staff. With that in mind, how can we better support residents and their families when a loved one enters aged care?

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Kathleen Grosser
20 May 2021
Good description of grief and loss and examples of symptoms.
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22 May 2021
Excellent for anyone looking at working in aged care or for those that have ageing family members.
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Karen Innes
29 May 2021
Excellent- gave relevant information in a concise, well researched short session. All levels of nursing and support staff would find this useful.
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