A novel approach to reduce sedentary behaviour in care home residents: the GET READY study utilising service-learning and co-creation

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Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume16
Issue number3
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StatePublished - 1 Feb 2019

Abstract

The GET READY study aimed to integrate service-learning methodology into University degrees by offering students individual service opportunities with residential care homes, to co-create the best suited intervention to reduce the sedentary behaviour (SB) of residents throughout the day, with researchers, end-users, care staff, family members and policymakers. Eight workshops with care home residents and four workshops with care staff, relatives and policymakers, led by undergraduate students, were audiotaped, transcribed verbatim and analysed with inductive thematic analysis to understand views and preferences for sustainable strategies to reduce SB and increase movement of residents. Perspectives about SB and movement in care homes highlighted 4 subthemes. Assets for decreasing SB included 3 subthemes, and suggestions and strategies encapsulated 4 subthemes. There is a need to include end-users in decision making, and involve care staff and relatives in enhancing strategies to reduce SB among residents if we want sustainable changes in behaviour. A change in culture at a policymaker and care staff’s level could provide opportunities to open care homes to the community with regular activities outside the care home premises, and offer household chores and opportunities to give residents a role in maintaining their home environment.

Keywords

  • co-creation, service-learning, care home residents, sedentary behaviour, physical activity