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Long Term Care Environments

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Supported by a cultural change movement, a fundamental shift in thinking about long-term care environments has emerged. Long-term care environments may include the home, the community, assisted living facilities, care homes or any facility where people receive long-term care.  While long-term care may be needed by people of any age, it is much more commonly required for older people who are increasingly living with complex conditions.

Within this collection at BMC Geriatrics, we are interested in attracting a wide range of submissions which focus on long-term care environments.  We are interested in evidence pertaining to physical, social and organisational aspects of the long-term care environment as noted below, however submissions do not need to be strictly limited to these.

  • Physical aspects, such as the architecture, lay-out, sensory elements, interior and outdoor areas;
  • Social aspects, that is the interactions with others, including residents, staff, family but also relations with the wider community and social context (e.g., local entrepreneurs, societies, and schools).
  • Organizational aspects, including the organization of care, clinical education, service delivery, and  organizational culture (e.g., values, expectations, attitudes that guide behavior of staff working in long-term care).

More knowledge is imperative regarding the environmental working mechanisms and their impact on daily functioning and well being of those living, working and visiting long-term care environments. Innovative, alternative care environments are being developed, that have radically changed the long-term care environment, such as dementia villages, green care farms, small-scale, homelike care environments. Understanding of the changing role of staff is warranted, how to support remaining capacities and support their autonomy. How can a partnership with family be realized to provide person-centered and tailor made care? Technology could play a role in realizing a caring environment, for example by using AI supported approaches to care.

The special issue welcomes primary research, review papers, quality improvement studies adhering to the SQUIRE 2.0 reporting framework and other studies contributing to the knowledge base of innovation in long-term care, presenting evidence from cutting edge studies advancing our understanding of long-term care environments and contributing to a system redesign in long-term care.  Within this collection we will also accept a small number of discursive commentaries which are able to progress international understanding about physical, social and organizational aspects of long-term care environments.

All submissions will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process overseen by our guest editors.

Prof. Hilde Verbeek

Prof. Hilde Verbeek is Professor of Long-Term Care Environments at Maastricht University and the vice-chair of the Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term care, a structural and interdisciplinary partnership between 9 long-term care organisations, 2 vocational training institutes, Zuyd University of Applied Science and Maastricht University. It aims to improve the quality of life, quality of care and quality of work in long-term care through scientific research. With her research, she investigates innovative long-term care settings and aims to disentangle environmental working mechanisms on daily life for older people and their caregivers.

Dr. Gary Mitchell

Dr. Gary Mitchell is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Nursing & Midwifery at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland.  He is a registered nurse with significant clinical and academic experience in caring for older people in long-term care environments.  Dr Mitchell is also a former ‘Nurse of the Year’ recipient and holds the title of Queen’s Nurse.

Published Articles

  1. As care homes play an important role in the lives of an increasing number of older people, it is pivotal to understand how residents’ and their families engage in decision-making about their care and support. ...

    Authors: Brighide Lynch, Assumpta A. Ryan, Marie O’Neill and Sarah Penney
    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2022 22:873
  2. A limited amount of research has examined how nature-based palliative rehabilitation can be implemented in nursing homes for people with dementia, even though evidence suggests that these gardens are underused...

    Authors: Tanja Schmidt, Marie Christoffersen Gramkow, Dorthe Varning Poulsen, Louise Holm Miller, Lene Wermuth and Ulrika K. Stigsdotter
    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2022 22:819
  3. Situations of extreme challenging behavior such as very frequent and/or severe agitation or physical aggression in nursing home residents with dementia can be experienced as an impasse by nursing home staff an...

    Authors: Annelies E. Veldwijk-Rouwenhorst, Sytse U. Zuidema, Martin Smalbrugge, Anke Persoon, Raymond T. C. M. Koopmans and Debby L. Gerritsen
    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2022 22:758
  4. Over the successive waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, front-line care workers (FLCWs) —in this case, at long-term care facilities (LTCFs)— have been the backbone of the fight. The COVID-19 pandemic has dispropor...

    Authors: Idrissa Beogo, Nebila Jean-Claude Bationo, Drissa Sia, Stephanie Collin, Babou Kinkumba Ramazani, Aurée-Anne Létourneau, Jean Ramdé, Marie-Pierre Gagnon and Eric Nguemeleu Tchouaket
    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2022 22:727
  5. The COVID-19 pandemic has required restrictions of daily activities, which has been found to impact the lives of persons living with dementia (PLWDs) and their family caregivers, who have multiple care demands...

    Authors: Ya-Li Sung, Huei-Ling Huang, Chung-Chih Lin, Teppo Kröger, Wen-Chuin Hsu, Jung-Lung Hsu, Yueh-E. Lin and Yea-Ing L. Shyu
    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2022 22:697
  6. Family and friend caregivers play significant roles in advocating for and ensuring quality health and social care of residents in Assisted Living (AL) homes. However, little is known about how the COVID-19 pan...

    Authors: Natasha E. Lane, Matthias Hoben, Joseph E. Amuah, David B. Hogan, Jennifer Baumbusch, Andrea Gruneir, Stephanie A. Chamberlain, Lauren E. Griffith, Kimberlyn M. McGrail, Kyle Corbett and Colleen J. Maxwell
    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2022 22:662
  7. Family carers of persons living with dementia who are residing in long term care (LTC), often experience significant changes in their roles and relationships which affects mental and physical health. Research ...

    Authors: Wendy Duggleby, Hannah M. O’Rourke, Pamela Baxter, Cheryl Nekolaichuk, Genevieve Thompson, Shelley Peacock, Sunita Ghosh, Jayna Holroyd-Leduc, Carrie McAiney, Véronique Dubé, Jennifer Swindle, Madeleine Pagnucco-Renaud and Samina Sana
    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2022 22:551
  8. Mobile X-ray services (MXS) could be used to investigate clinical issues in aged care residents within familiar surroundings, reducing transfers to and from emergency departments and enabling healthcare to be ...

    Authors: Joanne Dollard, Jane Edwards, Lalit Yadav, Virginie Gaget, David Tivey, Maria Inacio, Guy Maddern and Renuka Visvanathan
    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2022 22:525
  9. To evaluate the established interventions used for older adults, it is appropriate to use validated questionnaires for quality-of-life assessment. For older people, it is suitable to use specific questionnaire...

    Authors: Radka Bužgová, Radka Kozáková, Renáta Zeleníková and Katka Bobčíková
    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2022 22:512
  10. Emergency department (ED) use among nursing home (NH) residents is an internationally-shared issue that is understudied in Italy. The long term care in Italy is part of the health system. This study aimed to a...

    Authors: Gianmarco Giacomini, Ettore Minutiello, Gianfranco Politano, Marco Dalmasso, Beatrice Albanesi, Sara Campagna and Maria Michela Gianino
    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2022 22:418

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