Functional resistance activities to impact frailty: A protocol for a randomized controlled trial involving home care aide and frail older adult dyads

Margaret K Danilovich*, Laura Diaz, Jody D. Ciolinio, Daniel Montie Corcos

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Background A growing number of older adults use in-home Medicaid Waiver Home and Community Based services (HCBS) to facilitate aging-in-place. A primary service of this program is Home Care Aide assistance with activities of daily living and homemaker needs. Despite the known benefits of exercise, exercise programs are currently not offered to clients in the Medicaid Waiver system. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to describe a six-month Home Care Aide-led resistance exercise intervention protocol for frail older adults receiving Medicaid waiver services. Methods/design A randomized controlled trial will be used. We will enroll 126 Home Care Aide-client dyads for a 6-month exercise intervention. The intervention will consist of training phases to promote muscle strength, power, and endurance. We will use an intention to treat principle using mixed effects models for the quantitative outcomes. To analyze qualitative outcomes, we will use conventional content analysis to examine themes from participant program evaluations. Discussion As greater numbers of adults age in place with frailty and employ Home Care Aides to help manage functional limitations, interventions embedded within usual care services play a critical role in bringing exercise into the home setting. The research described in this protocol will provide important knowledge about the impact of a Home Care Aide-led exercise intervention in reducing frailty in older adults. Clinical Trials Registration ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02942992;

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-32
Number of pages5
JournalContemporary Clinical Trials Communications
Volume7
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

Keywords

  • Dyad
  • Formal caregivers
  • Frailty
  • Resistance exercise

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology

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