Acolhimento institucional
: estratégias desenvolvidas pelos cuidadores formais

  • Ana Luísa Ferreira Bastos Torres (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The changes in the demographic, social, economic and family structure, brought to its various consequences, a new social visibility of the elderly, at a time when the concept of old age and aging undergoes changes resulting from the challenges that modern society faces. The progressive increase of elderly in care emerged as one of several decisions that the Government created to provide the satisfaction of needs and provide welfare for the elderly. The entrance to a residential care context implies a confrontation with a reality previously unknown particular the sharing of spaces, times, the rules, the lack of privacy and living with different people. The new reality implies individualized adaptation strategies and customized by the formal caregivers and involves resilience capacity of the elderly who should use internal and / or external strategies to get the best adaption. It is essential respect for individuality, personality, tastes, habits, and life history of the wearer to avoid situations of isolation, depression and dissatisfaction with life. The situations of dependency, lack of knowledge and unavailability motivated by family and economic factors are the reasons why the elderly and / or informal caregivers to choose this social response. The elderly, the family and the Residential care must work together to allow the setting takes place naturally respecting the will, feelings and values of the weare.
Date of Award6 Apr 2016
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorAlexandra Esteves (Supervisor)


  • Aging
  • Institutionalization
  • Formal caregiver


  • Mestrado em Gerontologia Social Aplicada

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