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Quality of Life of Elderly Residents of UK Care Homes

A systematic review
WithElizabeth West, Pauline McGovern, Val Chandler, Jane Banaszak-Holl, David Barron

This chapter argues that the concept of positive aging must be extended to the care home sector and describes what is known about the quality of life in care homes and considers some of the policy initiatives that seek to improve older people's experiences. It gives some demographic information about the residents of care homes, and reports the results of a systematic review of the literature identifying empirical research on the factors most relevant to quality of life in residential and nursing care homes in the United Kingdom. The chapter also describes how the United Kingdom has responded to the challenges of improving quality of life in care homes by deploying agencies including the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).