Title

The Impact of Residing in an Independent Assisted Living Community on an Older Adult’s Occupational Performance of Activities of Daily Living

Date of Award

2013

Degree Type

Project

Degree Name

Occupational Therapy (M.S.)

Department

Occupational Therapy

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative study was to assess the ability of older adults living in an independent assisted living community to perform and participate in activities of daily living. This study focused on two occupations for older adults including health maintenance and management and safety maintenance. Data were collected through a researcher observation scale and one semi-structured interview. Participants shared their views and experiences of living in an independent assisted living community and discussed how living in this community affected their ability to perform daily occupations. Interview transcriptions were coded and themes and subthemes were developed based on these codes. Four main themes emerged from the data: client factors, life changes, safety awareness, and staffing/community needs. Multiple subthemes emerged as well. Results of this study indicate that living in an independent assisted living community has both positive and negative impacts on an older adult’s ability to perform and participate in activities of daily living.

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