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Increasing engagement in a home for the elderly by providing an indoor gardening activity

Powell, Liz, Felce, David John, Jenkins, Judith and Lunt, Barry 1979. Increasing engagement in a home for the elderly by providing an indoor gardening activity. Behaviour Research and Therapy 17 (2) , pp. 127-135. 10.1016/0005-7967(79)90021-4

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This project investigated the effect of a new recreational activity on the generally low level of engagement of residents in two lounges of a Local Authority home for the elderly physically frail. Indoor gardening sessions open to all residents were held on one afternoon each week in the dining room of the home. In the setting-up phase a researcher ran the gardening sessions, developed a set of written instructions on how to organize the activity and used these. plus performance feedback, to train a volunteer to run the sessions. The experimental phase evaluated the residents' level of engagement during the weekly gardening sessions and on another afternoon each week when there were no planned recreational activities. The results show that indoor gardening was very successful in producing sustained activity by the residents attending and that engagement of the residents was significantly higher on gardening than on non-gardening days.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0005-7967
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 03:45

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