Journal of Gerontological Nursing

Evidence-Based Guideline 

Management of Relocation in Cognitively Intact Older Adults

Judith E. Hertz, PhD, RN; Jeanette Rossetti, EdD, RN; Mary Elaine Koren, PhD, RN; Julie Fisher Robertson, EdD, RN; Susan Adams, MSN, RN; Marita G. Titler, PhD, RN, FAAN

Abstract

EXCERPT

Relocation is a major life transition; it is stressful and can lead to both positive and negative outcomes regardless of an individual’s age (Cheek & Ballantyne, 2001a, 2001b; Jackson, Swanson, Hicks, Prokop, & Laughlin, 2000; Johnson, 1996; Lutgendorf et al., 1999, 2001). For older adults who may have limited coping resources, a move to a new home might be especially stressful. There are numerous reasons older adults relocate to different living environments. Whatever the reason, the decision to move requires careful consideration. Although older adults’ relocation decisions are often made quickly and in crisis situations following an acute illness or a sudden change in their personal lives (Lee, Woo, & Mackenzie, 2002; Magilvy & Congdon, 2000), careful planning is one of several factors that will promote adjustment after relocation.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Dr. Hertz is Associate Professor and Director of Nursing Graduate Studies, Dr. Rossetti and Dr. Koren are Assistant Professors, and Dr. Robertson is Professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. Ms. Adams is Project Director, Research Translation and Dissemination Core, and doctoral candidate, The University Iowa College of Nursing, Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Titler is Director, Research, Quality and Outcomes Management, Department of Nursing Services, and Patient Care, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Director, Research Translation and Dissemination Core, Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center, Iowa City, Iowa.

This evidence-based guideline was partially supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation and undertaken when Dr. Hertz was a 2002-2004 John A. Hartford Building Academic Nursing Capacity Postdoctoral Scholar.

Guidelines in this series were produced with support provided by Grant #P30 NR03979 (Principal Investigator: Toni Tripp-Reimer, The University of Iowa College of Nursing), National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health.

Address correspondence to Judith E. Hertz, PhD, RN, Associate Professor and Director of Nursing Graduate Studies, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Northern Illinois University, 1240 Normal Road, DeKalb, IL 60115; e-mail: jhertz@niu.edu.

Abstract

EXCERPT

Relocation is a major life transition; it is stressful and can lead to both positive and negative outcomes regardless of an individual’s age (Cheek & Ballantyne, 2001a, 2001b; Jackson, Swanson, Hicks, Prokop, & Laughlin, 2000; Johnson, 1996; Lutgendorf et al., 1999, 2001). For older adults who may have limited coping resources, a move to a new home might be especially stressful. There are numerous reasons older adults relocate to different living environments. Whatever the reason, the decision to move requires careful consideration. Although older adults’ relocation decisions are often made quickly and in crisis situations following an acute illness or a sudden change in their personal lives (Lee, Woo, & Mackenzie, 2002; Magilvy & Congdon, 2000), careful planning is one of several factors that will promote adjustment after relocation.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Dr. Hertz is Associate Professor and Director of Nursing Graduate Studies, Dr. Rossetti and Dr. Koren are Assistant Professors, and Dr. Robertson is Professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. Ms. Adams is Project Director, Research Translation and Dissemination Core, and doctoral candidate, The University Iowa College of Nursing, Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Titler is Director, Research, Quality and Outcomes Management, Department of Nursing Services, and Patient Care, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Director, Research Translation and Dissemination Core, Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center, Iowa City, Iowa.

This evidence-based guideline was partially supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation and undertaken when Dr. Hertz was a 2002-2004 John A. Hartford Building Academic Nursing Capacity Postdoctoral Scholar.

Guidelines in this series were produced with support provided by Grant #P30 NR03979 (Principal Investigator: Toni Tripp-Reimer, The University of Iowa College of Nursing), National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health.

Address correspondence to Judith E. Hertz, PhD, RN, Associate Professor and Director of Nursing Graduate Studies, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Northern Illinois University, 1240 Normal Road, DeKalb, IL 60115; e-mail: jhertz@niu.edu.

Authors
Dr. Hertz is Associate Professor and Director of Nursing Graduate Studies, Dr. Rossetti and Dr. Koren are Assistant Professors, and Dr. Robertson is Professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. Ms. Adams is Project Director, Research Translation and Dissemination Core, and doctoral candidate, The University Iowa College of Nursing, Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Titler is Director, Research, Quality and Outcomes Management, Department of Nursing Services, and Patient Care, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Director, Research Translation and Dissemination Core, Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center, Iowa City, Iowa.

This evidence-based guideline was partially supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation and undertaken when Dr. Hertz was a 2002-2004 John A. Hartford Building Academic Nursing Capacity Postdoctoral Scholar.

Guidelines in this series were produced with support provided by Grant #P30 NR03979 (Principal Investigator: Toni Tripp-Reimer, The University of Iowa College of Nursing), National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health.

Address correspondence to Judith E. Hertz, PhD, RN, Associate Professor and Director of Nursing Graduate Studies, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Northern Illinois University, 1240 Normal Road, DeKalb, IL 60115; e-mail: jhertz@niu.edu.

10.3928/00989134-20071101-05

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