Educational Programs To Maximize Function and Mobility in Long-Term Care: The Carol Woods Experience


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Abstract

Residents in long-term care facilities may lose function due to the adverse effects of deconditioning and learned helplessness. The article describes five educational programs designed to promote mobility and exercise in the everyday activities of caregiving. The programs targeted residents of the facility, direct care staff, and managers. Program formats varied to meet the different needs and schedules of the target audience. The ultimate goal of the programs was to instill a cultural change in the facility that fostered individualized care, reduced learned helplessness, and maximized physical functioning.

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