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Physiotherapy Intervention For People With Dementia In Nursing Homes

Mateja Kozic
Alma Mater Europaea - ECM
Slovenia

Barbara Grintal
Alma Mater Europaea - ECM
Slovenia

Nikolaj Lipič
Alma Mater Europaea - ECM
Slovenia

Introduction: Worldwide dementia has been increasing among older people and has evolved into a major healthcare problem in old people's homes across Slovenia. Due to affected cognitive and motoric functions, patients with dementia need a professionally oriented care with physiotherapists playing one of the most important roles. Methods: The research has been based on assembling quantitative data using a questionnaire. The questionnaire formed by overviewing theoretical findings and including a non-random and purposive research sample was conducted from 16th to 30th June 2021. Additionally, the method of classification and the method of descriptive and analytical statistics've been used. The hypotheses've been tested by implementing the t-test, and the correlation and regression analysis. 68 physiotherapists employed in older people’s homes across Slovenia've taken part in the questioning. Results: The results of the research have shown that movement exercises coordinated by physiotherapists have a positive impact on the quality of life of people with dementia living in old people's homes. Conclusion: As movement exercises've a positive impact on people with dementia and increase their quality of life, movement exercises are suggested to become an obligatory part of the physiotherapeutic care of people with dementia in every single old people's home in Slovenia.

 

 


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