Virtual Field Trips for Long-Term Care Residents: A Feasibility Study

Sara Shaunfield*, Elaine Wittenberg-Lyles, Debra Parker Oliver, George Demiris

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Abstract

Long-term care residents need better activities and access to community. A quasi-experimental design, one-group, pre- and post-test was used to investigate the outcomes of Passport, a one-month intervention for assisted living residents consisting of activities, face-to-face visits, and virtual fieldtrips. Residents were assessed for depression, social support, and physical and mental health. A significant increase in mental health was found post-intervention (p <.011). Mean comparisons pre- and post-intervention showed decreased depression and improved physical health and social support. This pilot study demonstrates the promise of technology as a viable intervention for quality resident care and a solution to overcoming cost, environmental, and regulation barriers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-247
Number of pages11
JournalActivities, Adaptation and Aging
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 15 2014

Keywords

  • assisted living facility
  • interventions
  • quality of life
  • technology
  • telehealth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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