The Stability of Nursing Home Residents’ Ratings of Importance of Recreation Preferences Over One Year

Allison R. Heid, Katherine M. Abbott, Michael J. Rovine, Karen Eshraghi, Caroline Madrigal, Victoria Crumbie, Kimberly Van Haitsma

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Abstract

Long-term stability of nursing home (NH) residents’ everyday preference remains unknown. We examined 1-year stability in reports of importance of 34-recreational activity preferences (8-MDS 3.0 Section F items; 26-Preferences for Everyday Living Inventory-NH items) by NH residents (N = 161). We examined mean differences on demographic and clinical characteristics of residents for preferences showing change. Importance ratings of preferences were highly stable over 1-year, with 91% of items retaining the same valence of importance for the majority of the sample (<20% change). Three preferences showed greater change. More functionally able residents were more likely to change their importance on “being with groups of people,” and older residents were more likely to change their preferences for being “involved in religious practices” and “around animals such as pets”. Overall, annual assessments of recreational activity preferences capture an accurate representation of preferences with reassessment only needed in a few circumstances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1942-1951
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Volume41
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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