“It Keeps Me Busy”: Social Engagement among Women in a Nursing Home
Seema Sehrawat

This paper explored the personal and environmental factors of activity involvement among women, living in a nursing facility in the United State. Facility and individual characteristics were assessed through informal interviews with staff and residents. A thematic analysis of the data was performed. Three themes emerged from the data are: Promoters and inhibiters of activity involvement, resident and facility driven activities and improved quality of life. Passion for life and nursing facility as a place to live came across as strong motivating factors to stay involved in different activities. Consideration of lifestyles and individual preferences along with supportive environment is desired to enhance social engagement among residents of a nursing home.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/ijhs.v3n2a6