ERIC Number: EJ784836
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
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Prevalence and Predictors of Need for Seating Intervention and Mobility for Persons in Long-Term Care
Bourbonniere, Melissa C.; Fawcett, Laura M.; Miller, William C.; Garden, Jennifer; Mortenson, William B.
Canadian Journal on Aging, v26 n3 p195-204 Fall 2007
A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted to (a) determine the prevalence of need for wheel-chair seating intervention in two long-term care facilities in Vancouver, BC, (b) determine the extent of the residents' independent mobility within these facilities, and (c) explore the relationship between proper wheel-chair seating and positioning and independent mobility. The study population comprised 99 wheel-chair-using older adults. Four trained raters assessed need for seating intervention, using the Seating Identification Tool, and quantified extent and frequency of wheel-chair mobility, using the Nursing Home Life-Space Diameter. Results indicated that (a) there was a low need (overall 22%) for wheel-chair seating intervention in the two facilities, (b) half of the residents were independently mobile in their own rooms and on their units, but independent mobility decreased when greater distances needed to be travelled, and (c) the need for wheel-chair seating intervention was the only significant predictor of extent of independent mobility. These findings suggest that, where there are dedicated staff and equipment resources, the need for wheel-chair seating intervention can be minimized and independent mobility for long-term care residents maximized.
Descriptors: Health Services, Intervention, Incidence, Nursing Homes, Health Facilities, Older Adults, Assistive Technology, Physical Mobility
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Vancouver)