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|Title:||Perceptions of the role of diversional therapy within nursing homes by directors of nursing|
Behavioural & Social Sciences in Health
aged care facilities
quality of life
|Abstract:||Provision of leisure and recreational services has the ability to significantly contribute to the quality of life of older adults living in residential settings including those residents living in nursing homes. Therefore diversional therapy services should be seen as a vital part of these facilities. Currently, there is a feeling within the diversional therapy profession that there is a lack of understanding ofthe true role of the diversional therapist within various health care facilities, including nursing homes. The purpose of this study is to examine the perceptions of the role of the diversional therapist within nursing homes by directors of nursing. Qualitative research methods were used with the aim of gaining the true perceptions that directors of nursing have on various areas of diversional therapy practice. Thirteen in-depth interviews were conducted with directors of nursing at various nursing homes in the Sydney area. The interview data suggests that although the directors of nursing were generally supportive of diversional therapy, there is clearly a lack of understanding on behalf of the directors of nursing on various areas of diversional therapy practice, including roles, skills, training and education of a diversional therapist. Other issues were revealed in the interviews and are also of importance in relation to the diversional therapy profession such as suitability of the name diversional therapy, employment conditions and other professional issues affecting diversional therapy practice. This study aims to increase diversional therapists knowledge in relation to the perceived roles that directors of nursing hold on the diversional therapy profession and therefore to give the diversional therapy profession some kind of base line on which to focus their educational programs on the diversional therapy profession. Also, to increase the documented research base on diversional therapy practice and associated issues.|
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|Department/Unit/Centre:||Behavioural & Social Sciences in Health|
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|Type of Work:||Technical Report|
|Appears in Collections:||Honours and Postgraduate Coursework theses – Health Sciences|
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