Older adults' personal routine at time of hospitalization

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This study is the first to explore whether hospitalization disrupts the daily routines of dependent and independent older adults. Data were collected as part of a prospectively designed study from 330 hospitalized older adults age 70+. Patients reported prehospitalization frequency, duration, and timing of basic activities of daily living and leisure activities at hospital admission. Hospital routine was assessed on day of discharge. Results indicated that frequency and duration of most basic activities decreased during hospitalization; the sharpest decrease was in frequency of getting dressed. Showering occurred 2 h earlier in the hospital setting, and getting dressed occurred an hour and a half later. For dependent respondents, the greatest change was in duration; for independent respondents, the greatest change was in frequency. Given the importance of routine maintenance to health and well-being, understanding the dynamics of its disruption in the hospital setting is imperative.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-32
Number of pages6
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

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  • Daily routines
  • Functional status
  • Hospitalization
  • Life regularity
  • Nursing
  • Older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology


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