In a recent article written on what’s trending in nursing homes, research on enhanced activities was highlighted by the Annals of Long Term Care. The research highlighted that nursing home staff tended to emphasize a person’s disabilities in their interactions with their aging residents. The article describes how men were affected by the interactions of staff. The article explains how research shows the importance of activity directors and their unique positions to promote personhood in residents. What was very interesting about this article and the highlighted research is that it took place in Arkansas. The results of this research can be reviewed at http://www.annalsoflongtermcare.com/article/promoting-personhood-men-nursing-home-activity-directors,
In spite of the small population of respondents to the questionnaire and other drawbacks to the study, there are many interesting remarks from activity directors. Remarks included the wish-list of being able to take more outings for fishing, golfing, etc. We have talked on our blog page about some of our homes that offer fishing, going for outings to casinos, and man-caves. This is a reachable goal for homes to increase the personhood of residents.
The article mentions the study addressed the education level of activity directors. We have educational opportunities for activity directors to increase their knowledge and obtain certification. Hopefully this will increase as more and more articles are written about nursing home engagement. This will help in our need to change the mindset of our communities about what residents in nursing homes are doing in Arkansas.
Health and wellness were also mentioned in the article with specific types of exercise highlighted by activity directors. We talked about out-of-the-box type exercises (tai-chi, yoga) in a previous blog that would help with residents’ balance and fall prevention. Falls are a major occurrence in our nursing homes and communities. Fall prevention has always been relegated to the medical field, but research is showing more and more how a well-rounded exercise and a therapy program can help a resident maintain a quality lifestyle in the nursing home. Some of our homes are offering these exercises and many work closely with their therapy department to provide fall-directed activity.
We would like to invite everyone to join us in the upcoming months for a falls education regional training. Visit us at http://www.afmc.org/ for a calendar of upcoming events. We all want our residents to have the highest quality of life in our nursing homes and increase their feeling of personhood, so … hope to see you there!