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Research Article  |   November 2009
Power Mobility for a Nursing Home Resident With Dementia
Author Affiliations
  • Rosalie H. Wang, BSc (OT), is Doctoral Candidate, University of Toronto; and iDAPT Technology Team, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute,180 Elm Street, Toronto, Ontario M5T 3M4 Canada; rosalie.wang@utoronto.ca
  • Pamela J. Holliday, MSc, is Research Associate, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto; and iDAPT Technology Team, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto, Ontario
  • Geoff R. Fernie, PhD, PEng, is Professor, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto; and Vice President of Research, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto, Ontario
Article Information
Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia / Geriatrics/Productive Aging / Long-Term Care/Skilled Nursing Facilities / Neurologic Conditions / Productive Aging
Research Article   |   November 2009
Power Mobility for a Nursing Home Resident With Dementia
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November/December 2009, Vol. 63, 765-771. doi:10.5014/ajot.63.6.765
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November/December 2009, Vol. 63, 765-771. doi:10.5014/ajot.63.6.765
Abstract

OBJECTIVE. This case study describes an occupational therapy intervention to increase the self-mobility and social participation of a nursing home resident with dementia using a power wheelchair equipped with a collision-prevention system.

METHOD. We used an exploratory case study design. Data sources included the medical record, standardized assessments, interviews, observations of daily activities, and a driving log.

RESULTS. During driving sessions, changes in affect such as smiling and attempts to socialize were noted. The resident required ongoing prompting to operate the modified power wheelchair.

CONCLUSION. The resident was unable to achieve self-mobility with an intervention involving a modified power wheelchair. However, this study demonstrates that even supervised mobility can have a positive impact on affect and social participation. Observations from this study are being applied to the design and testing of the next generation of power wheelchairs intended for use by nursing home residents with dementia.