Enhancing existing formal home care to improve and maintain functional status in older adults: Protocol for a feasibility study on the implementation of the Care to Move (CTM) programme in an Irish healthcare setting

N. Frances Horgan, Vanda Cummins, Frank Doyle, Maria O'Sullivan, Rose Galvin, Elissa Burton, Jan Sorensen, Dawn A. Skelton, Bex Townley, Debbie Rooney, Gill Jackson, Lauren Swan, Austin Warters

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An increasing ageing population leads to greater demand for care services to help maintain people in their own homes. Physical activity programmes have been shown to improve older adults’ functional capacity, enabling the older adult to live independently and maintain functional status. There has been a lack of quality research conducted around physical activity within the landscape of home care services. We describe a feasibility study of implementing the Care to Move (CTM) programme in older adults receiving low-level home care. A Phase 1 mixed-methods feasibility study design will explore the recruitment, attrition, retention, costs to deliver and data loss. It will also explore the acceptability and impact of the CTM programme on older adults and thematic analysis of data collected from older people, home care workers and relevant stakeholders through use of semi-structured interviews and focus groups. We will measure functional status and fall outcomes in older adults receiving low levels of home care, facilitating this population to continue living independently at home and providing data currently not known around this group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-16
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Frailty, Sarcopenia and Falls
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020



  • community-dwelling
  • feasibility
  • home care
  • older person
  • physical activity-based

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