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Approaches to physical activity at assisted living facilities: from the perspective of older people and physiotherapists
Linköpings universitet, Avdelningen Åldrande och social förändring.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4980-4184
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Linköpings universitet, Avdelningen Åldrande och social förändring.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1443-5895
The Research and Development Unit for Eastern Östergötland, Norrköping, Sweden.
Linköpings universitet, Avdelningen Åldrande och social förändring.
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.

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Taylor & Francis, 2018.
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Physiotherapy, participation, elderly care, ethnography, observations, interviews
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Physiotherapy Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-42442DOI: 10.1080/21679169.2018.1465120Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85046025809OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-42442DiVA, id: diva2:1275686
Available from: 2018-09-11 Created: 2019-01-07

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