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An exploration of occupation in nursing home residents with dementia

Morgan-Brown, M, Ormerod, M, Newton, R and Manley, D 2011, 'An exploration of occupation in nursing home residents with dementia' , The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74 (5) , pp. 217-225.

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Abstract

Objectives: This study evaluated the sitting room environment of two nursing homes in Ireland, using interactive occupation and social engagement as outcome measures and defining these rooms as occupational spaces. Method: Snapshot observational recordings were made in the main sitting rooms during the periods of time when the rooms were in most active use. Narrative information was also recorded. Results: Residents were more likely to occupy their time in the main sitting room passively, rather than in interactive occupation and social engagement. The nursing home residents with dementia spent approximately 70% of their daily time in the main sitting room areas in states of occupational disengagement. Discussion: Additional insight is provided through pragmatic narrative descriptions of the functioning of the main sitting room environment in terms of interactive occupation and social engagement. Relevance: The research study demonstrates a methodology for evaluating the sitting room areas of a care environment, using interactive occupation and social engagement as outcome measures,which can be used for descriptive and comparative insights into the performance of care environments.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: The British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 03080226
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2012 08:53
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2014 10:10
URI: http://usir.eprints.org/id/eprint/23056

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