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Mahrs-Träff, AnnsofieORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-4980-4184
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Mahrs Träff, A., Cedersund, E., Larsson, A.-C. & Abramsson, M. (2018). Approaches to physical activity at assisted living facilities: from the perspective of older people and physiotherapists. European Journal of Physiotherapy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Approaches to physical activity at assisted living facilities: from the perspective of older people and physiotherapists
2018 (English)In: European Journal of Physiotherapy, ISSN 2167-9169, E-ISSN 2167-9177Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Aim: Physical activity has been described as important for the well-being of all individuals, including the very old. The aim of this study was to investigate how physical activity is performed at assisted living facilities, the situations in which older people were and wanted to be physically active and the role of the physiotherapist at each facility.

Methods: To achieve this aim, an ethnographic study including observations and interviews was conducted at four assisted living facilities.

Results: The results show that physical activity neither was an issue in focus at any of the assisted living facilities, nor were recommendations on physical activity followed. Individuals that were able to exercise themselves could do so, whereas those in need of assistance had but limited possibilities to be physically active. There was a need for physical activity that the staff do not necessarily and sufficiently identify.

Conclusion: The study illustrated that there were major variations in how older people engaged in physical activity and how physical activities were part of everyday life. Physiotherapists played no clear role at the facilities, especially with regard to preventive exercise. Older individuals were not involved in determining which activities should be made available to the residents.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2018
Keywords
Physiotherapy, participation, elderly care, ethnography, observations, interviews
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Physiotherapy Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-42442 (URN)10.1080/21679169.2018.1465120 (DOI)2-s2.0-85046025809 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-09-11 Created: 2019-01-07
Mahrs Träff, A., Cedersund, E. & Abramsson, M. (2018). Fysisk aktivitet för äldre på särskilda boenden: Om inställningar och handlande i svensk äldreomsorg. Journal of Care Research, 4(2), 165-176
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fysisk aktivitet för äldre på särskilda boenden: Om inställningar och handlande i svensk äldreomsorg
2018 (Swedish)In: Journal of Care Research, ISSN 2387-5976, E-ISSN 2387-5984, Vol. 4, no 2, p. 165-176Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Fysisk aktivitet för äldre beskrivs i litteraturen som något positivt och viktigt och har kommit i fokus under senare år. I svensk äldreomsorg dominerar ett aktivitetsteoretiskt synsätt och det finns även internationella rekommendationer om fysisk aktivitet för äldre. Få studier har dock undersökt hur behovet av fysisk aktivitet tillfredsställs i det särskilda boendet.

Syftet med denna studie var att undersöka hur äldreomsorgens personal tänker och agerar när det gäller fysisk aktivitet för äldre. Det empiriska materialet består av observationer och intervjuer på fyra särskilda boenden i två olika svenska kommuner.

Resultaten visar betydelsen av rådande kulturer och normer för hur personalen tänker och agerar kring fysisk aktivitet. Det finns en motsättning mellan hur personalen diskuterar äldres önskemål om stöd för fysisk aktivitet och hur hänsyn tas till fysisk aktivitet i det dagliga arbetet. Denna motsättning visar sig genom att personalen beskriver vikten av fysisk aktivitet för de äldre personerna samtidigt som denna prioriteras bort till förmån för andra arbetsuppgifter. Det förefaller ha skapats en acceptans för att äldres individuella önskemål inte kan tillgodoses om personalen har andra uppgifter att utföra.

Abstract [en]

Physical activity is described in the literature as positive and important, and has come into focus in recent years. An activity-based theoretical approach dominates in Swedish eldercare, and there are also international recommendations on physical activity for older people. Nevertheless, few studies have explored how the need for physical activity is satisfied at assisted living facilities.

The aim of this study was to investigate how professionals working in eldercare think about and act to promote physical activities for elderly people. The empirical data consists of observations and interviews conducted at four assisted living facilities in two different Swedish municipalities.

The results show how cultures and norms are important for how professionals think and act regarding physical activity. There is a contradiction between how professionals discuss elderly people’s need for support for physical activity and how they act in their day-to-day work. There seems to be an acceptance that elderly people’s individual needs cannot be met if professionals have other tasks to perform.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Universitetsforlaget, 2018
Keywords
Professional role, older people’s requests, routines, norms, Professional role, older people’s requests, routines, norms, Personalens roll, äldres önskemål, rutiner, normsystem
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-42443 (URN)10.18261/issn.2387-5984-2018-02-12 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-01-07 Created: 2019-01-07 Last updated: 2019-01-07Bibliographically approved
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