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Promoting movement in older adults in the community

What’s the challenge?

Disadvantages of immobility include an increased risk of functional disability, falls, and premature mortality (Hubbard, Parsons, Neilson, & Carey, 2009). There are numerous mobility interventions focused on community-dwelling frail older adults (Sherrington et al., 2019); however, they either have a narrow focus on falls prevention (Fairhall, Sherrington, & Cameron, 2013) (Sherrington et al., 2019) or they target mildly frail older adults (Johnson, Myers, Scholey, Cyarto, & Ecclestone, 2003) (Giangregorio et al., 2018) (Binder et al., 2002). A review of home-based mobility interventions concluded that high-risk older adults who have been recently discharged from hospital may require an intervention that is tailored specifically for them (Hill, Hunter, Batchelor, Cavalheri, & Burton, 2015) (Sherrington et al., 2019).

What are we doing?

This project created an evidence-informed, theory-driven mobility tool for community-dwelling older adults who are moderately and severely frail called SLoT (Stretch Lift or Tap), to encourage more movement to their daily routines. This intervention will be implementable with frail older adults in partnership with any care provider in the home. The study will focus on collecting feedback from two main providers of care – personal support workers (PSWs) and family caregivers. This intervention was co-created with older adults, PSWs, and their caregivers.

Interested in participating?
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Project Contact

Emily King, PhD
Manager of Research Operations
VHA Home HealthCare
knichol@vha.ca