AuthorNichols, Carolyn Eve, 1946-
AdvisorPhillips, Linda R.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractA qualitative study, using grounded theory methodology, was conducted to explore the decision-making process of at-risk older adults who chose to remain living in a situation which did not meet their functional needs. The six subjects participating in the study ranged in age from 72 to 91 years of age. Each of the subjects lived alone in a private residence. The development of a framework began with subcategories and their properties derived from data bits which led to emerging categories, to core variables and finally to the resultant substantive theory of managing survival and its implications. Insight into the decision making process of the older adult to remain at risk was identified. Implications suggest ways nurse case managers can help clients achieve their goals while containing cost and assisting the older adult to maintain their independence.
Degree ProgramGraduate College