Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Clinical Gerontologist


Taylor & Francis


School of Medical and Health Sciences / Nutrition and Health Innovation Research Institute / School of Nursing and Midwifery




Edith Cowan University / Hall & Prior Health & Aged Care Group


Scott, S., Raynor, A., Dare, J., Grieve, J., & Costello, L. (2023). Improving the transition of older adults into residential aged care: A scoping review. Clinical Gerontologist. Advance online publication.


Objectives: The transition into residential aged care (RAC) is often associated with loss, grief, isolation and loneliness. This scoping review aimed to identify quantitative research which focused on reducing the negative effects associated with transition, thereby improving the transition experience. Methods: A scoping review, which concentrated on quantitative research, was conducted. MEDLINE, CINAHL andPSYCHINFO databases were searched using the initial search terms “olderadults”, “residential aged care” and “transition”. Results: From the 457 original citations identified, four met the inclusion criteria. The interventions used a range of professionals and clinicians, diverse content, and a mixture of outcomes. The content of the more successful studies were underpinned by mental wellness themes and helped to reduce depressive symptoms among new residents. Conclusions: Our review provides a summary of interventions aimed at improving the transition experience for older adults moving into RAC and highlights gaps in the literature. This review is limited by the paucity of quantitative research in this area. Further research is required to address the negative psychosocial effects associated with transition into RAC. Clinical Implications: Assessing which of the transition phases an individual is in can help individualize interventions to reduce negative symptoms relating to transition.



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