Moving to congregate housing: The last chosen home

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The purpose of this study was to explore the experience of moving to congregate housing among a group of older adults. Theoretical sampling yielded a sample of 21 new relocatees ranging in age from 72 to 96 (71% female). Using grounded theory, the process of moving was described and included four phases: deciding to move, preparing to move, making the move, and settling in. The move to congregate housing was characterized as the last chosen move and occurred in response to an acknowledgment of personal vulnerability. Feeling at home, or successful relocation, was associated with involvement in the process of moving and achievement of a good fit with the new environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-165
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Aging Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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