Admission to hospital or other residential unit is distressing for most people but especially at either end of their lifespan, for the young child and for the very old. Both groups anticipate what might happen with high levels of distress, the former because they have limited understanding, the latter because they understand too well what the end result might be! Admission involves removal from a safe and known environment to an alien, potentially anxiety-provoking and possibly painful context. Considerable adjustment and fortitude is needed to cope with new regimes of ordering one’s daily life pattern, the strange faces of fellow patients and staff, disconcerting noises, low levels of personal privacy and modesty, depersonalisation, and loss of body strength and competencies.
KeywordsNursing Home Resident Hospital Experience Maternal Deprivation Fellow Patient Mental Rehearsal
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