ERIC Number: ED254789
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Identifying the Recreational Needs of Elderly Males in a Residential Care Facility.
Smith, Gregory C.; Olson, Edith V.
Despite the importance of activity programs in geriatric long-term care settings, there has been little investigation of the recreational needs, wants, and interests of male residents. A descriptive interview survey, which assessed self-reported leisure interests, time preference, and morale was given to 102 staff members and 55 male residents of a 473-bed multi-level residential care facility. Interests were dichotomized into Do Now and Would Like To Do categories. The number of Do Now activities reported correlated positively and significantly with functional ability, length of stay, and morale. No relationship was found between these variables and the reported number of Would Like To Do activities. Age and education were not significant predictors. Greatest interest was shown in Social, Sports, Educational/Cultural/Entertainment, and Nature activities. Least interest was shown in Volunteer, Craft, Organizational, and Collection activities. Nature and Trip activities were most frequently mentioned in the Would Like To Do category. Although congruence was found between staff and male residents' reports of residents' leisure interests, differences emerged between these groups on time preferences and the value of sex-segregated activities. Input is needed from both groups to insure adequate programming. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (37th, San Antonio, TX, November 16-20, 1984).