Older adults and their families may encounter difficulties as they transition from independent living to a dependent living environment. The stress of daily coping and illness can disrupt the family life cycle. The authors have created a theoretically based model: the dependent living success model (DLSM) to assist family counselors when exploring this life transition. Specifically, the authors integrate four theories: successful aging theory, Elder’s life course perspective, Schlossberg’s transition theory, and Nolan’s senses framework to provide a model for how to work with aging adults and their families during the transition to dependent care. There is a dearth of literature to assist family counselors in conceptualizing this part of the life course. The DLSM intends to start the conversation with the older person and their family and provide some strategies and interventions to increase a more successful transition.
SOURCE: Koltz R, and Koltz D. “DLSM: A Theoretically Based Model to Help Families and Loved Ones’ Transition From Independent Living to Dependent Living Facilities.” The Family Journal, March 11, 2019.
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