Safety Concerns for Persons with Dementia in Senior Housing: A Qualitative Study with Korean American Caregivers in Los Angeles

Yuri Jang, Juyoung Park, Nan Sook Park, Soondool Chung, Miyong T. Kim

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Abstract

Subsidized senior housing helps many socioeconomically disadvantaged older adults pursue independent living and aging in place. However, cognitive impairment or dementia poses a critical challenge to many residents’ ability to live independently and safely. Focusing on Korean American dementia caregivers, a group known to be vulnerable to caregiving burden but understudied, we explored the safety of persons with dementia in senior housing from the perspectives of caregivers. Qualitative data from nine caregivers whose care recipients were current or former residents of subsidized senior housing in Los Angeles were analyzed by the constant comparative method. Major concerns emerged were: (1) fire risks, (2) wandering, (3) physical injury (e.g., self-harm, falls), and (4) potential neglect. Caregivers also mentioned errors in the self-administration of medications, potential financial exploitation, and interpersonal conflicts. These concerns provide implications for services and programs for the safety of persons with dementia who live in senior housing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1108-1119
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Volume66
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

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Keywords

  • Korean Americans
  • Safety
  • caregivers
  • dementia
  • qualitative method
  • senior housing

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