Sitting position affects participative interaction of immobile aged care residents: A pilot study

Hammer, J. Lauren and Nitz, Jennifer C. (2009) Sitting position affects participative interaction of immobile aged care residents: A pilot study. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 28 1: 12-15. doi:10.1111/j.1741-6612.2008.00315.x


Author Hammer, J. Lauren
Nitz, Jennifer C.
Title Sitting position affects participative interaction of immobile aged care residents: A pilot study
Journal name Australasian Journal on Ageing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-6381
1741-6612
Publication date 2009-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2008.00315.x
Volume 28
Issue 1
Start page 12
End page 15
Total pages 4
Place of publication Richmond, Vic, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: To determine the effect of sitting position (reclined versus upright) on the levels of participative interaction and spontaneous communication of immobile and totally dependent aged care residents.
Methods: Ten frail, immobile and totally dependent female residents older than 85 years were observed in reclined and upright sitting positions. Scores measuring responsiveness to stimuli in the surrounding environment and spontaneous communication initiation were derived from observations (taken morning and afternoon).
Results: There was a significant increase in the responsiveness score in the upright sitting position (P < 0.001) but no effect of sitting position on initiative score. There was no effect of time of day on either responsiveness or initiative score.
Conclusions:  An increased level of responsiveness was seen in upright sitting position in immobile and totally dependent aged care residents. The potential for participative interaction with the surrounding environment increases in this position which therefore may improve quality of life.
Keyword Elderly
Frail
Sitting position
Social interaction
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2010 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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