Exploring the role of health care assistants as mobility activators for older people in an assessment, treatment and rehabilitation ward

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dc.contributor.author Mowat, R en
dc.contributor.author Parsons, Matthew en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-11T22:03:09Z en
dc.date.issued 2016 en
dc.identifier.citation Nursing Praxis in New Zealand 32(2):21-29 2016 en
dc.identifier.issn 0112-7438 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33403 en
dc.description.abstract The health care assistant is a source of untapped potential to support mobility rehabilitation, especially when allied health professionals are not available after traditional working hours. Intensive mobility rehabilitation can improve strength, balance, and confidence. Service benefits could include shorter hospital stays and decreased falls. A qualitative descriptive approach was used to examine the feasibility of health care assistants’ participation in rehabilitation for older people in an Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation ward. Health care assistants (n=5) and registered health professionals (n=8) participated in focus groups before and after a mobility programme promoting independence and functional rehabilitation. Ten in-patients who had sustained a fractured neck of femur took part in the functional exercises with the health care assistants. The focus group interview data were analysed thematically. The idea of the health care assistant participating in mobility rehabilitation was supported by the participants. The health care assistants prior to the intervention had strong relationships with nurses but little communication with the wider rehabilitation team. After the rehabilitation programme their major issues were time constraints and role confusion. Health professional findings included the challenges of involving health care assistants as mobility activators with limited staffing and the need for education and mentoring. With standardised training, health care assistants could become increasingly versed in rehabilitation, but for success this will require greater cohesion within the interdisciplinary team to improve communication between team members. en
dc.publisher Nursing Praxis in N.Z. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Nursing Praxis in New Zealand en
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dc.title Exploring the role of health care assistants as mobility activators for older people in an assessment, treatment and rehabilitation ward en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 2 en
pubs.begin-page 21 en
pubs.volume 32 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Nursing Praxis in N.Z. en
pubs.author-url http://search.proquest.com/docview/1817491980?accountid=8424 en
pubs.end-page 29 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 614528 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-02-23 en


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