E.D.U.C.A.T.E: a toolbox for practitioners in promoting health and wellness in long-term care facilities
Katz, Leanna Wertheimer
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Research acknowledges that older adults residing in long-term care facilities are at risk for social isolation, depression, and functional decline (Mezuk et al., 2014; Ouyang et al., 2015). The health risks associated with long-term care facilities may lead to poor health outcomes and poor quality of life. However, current evidence-based literature demonstrates ways in which to counteract the health risks associated with long-term care facilities through a holistic approach addressing the social, emotional, and physical health of an individual as they relate to quality of life. The aim of this doctoral project is to create an evidence-based and theory-driven program that supports older adults in long-term care facilities. The project explores the various factors impacting quality of life and provides recommendations and a potential solution to improving overall quality of life of older adults in long-term care facilities. E.D.U.C.A.T.E is a 7-step web-based resource for occupational therapy practitioners that utilizes a health and wellness approach and empowerment principles to improve quality of life of older adults residing in long-term care facilities. The objectives of E.D.U.C.A.T.E. are to foster occupational therapy practitioners employing a health and wellness approach to practice, increase older adults’ participation in meaningful occupations and social engagements, and increase older adults’ feelings of self-efficacy through an empowerment approach. By following the 7-step resource, occupational therapy practitioners may promote overall quality of life of older adults by addressing the social, emotional, and physical components impacting health outcomes. In order for this program to be implemented, additional information is included related to program evaluation, funding plans, and dissemination plans.
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