Satisfaction with Assisted Living: The Unexplored Role of Physical Activity

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In the ongoing Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative Program study, we are testing the impact of Function-Focused Care, which is an approach to care in which we work with assisted living (AL) residents and staff to optimize the functional and physical activities of residents during daily activity. The purpose of this article is to evaluate life satisfaction of AL residents with a focus on the impact of physical activity. In a sample of 171 older adults from 4 ALs, it was found that depression, social support from friends and experts, time in caregiving, and fear of falling all had a significant relationship with life satisfaction in AL. Physical activity was not related to life satisfaction in this study. Ongoing research is necessary to explore whether changing attitudes about physical activity among older adults and increasing social support related to physical activity can improve life satisfaction.

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