An ongoing physiotherapist-led exercise program in residential aged care

description of participant satisfaction and outcomes

Katharine Scrivener*, Katherine Alava Bravo, Brett Greely, Matthew Heidema, Angeline Violi, Nicholas Young

*Corresponding author for this work

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Objective: This study documents aged care residents’ outcomes after, and satisfaction with, participation in a rehabilitation program conducted in a co-located gym. Methods: A mixed-method prospective cohort study was conducted. All residents who attended the program were invited to participate in the study. Demographic information and outcome measures (walking speed, mobility, ability to stand, exercise self-efficacy and health status) were documented on study commencement and again after 6 months. Results: Thirty-eight participants were included with an average age of 83 years (SD 13). The majority of participants (61%) required physical assistance for mobility. Compliance with scheduled sessions was 94%. Most (92%) participants would recommend the program. The majority of participants (55%) experienced improved walking speed as measured by the 5-metre walk test. Conclusions: The results suggest that a rehabilitative program can maintain the physical status of aged care residents, despite the common decline in physical performance in this population.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Early online date7 Jun 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Jun 2020


  • exercise
  • physiotherapy
  • rehabilitation
  • residential aged care
  • satisfaction

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