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abstract

  • Food and mealtimes play a central role in our lives and often hold great meaning. This study is a secondary analysis of a subset of data collected from a 6-year longitudinal qualitative study called Eating Together (ET), which sought to better understand the experiences around food and mealtimes for community dwelling persons with dementia (PWD) and their primary care partners (CP). Several PWD and, in some cases, their spousal CP, relocated to long-term care (LTC) during the conduct of the ET study. To understand how this relocation influenced the meaning of meals, a subset of those who experienced this transition were selected and analysis specific to this issue was undertaken. Seven families were included in this thematic inductive analysis. Findings revealed five themes related to the different mealtime experience in the LTC home, including systemizing the meal, adjusting to dining with others, holding on to home, evolving mealtime roles, and becoming "at home." Understanding how families adapt to commensal dining in LTC may be relevant to successful relocation. This work furthers this understanding and provides a basis for person-centered mealtime practices that promote adaptation.

publication date

  • August 2014