Meaningful Engagement in the Nursing Home

J Gerontol Soc Work. Jan-Feb 2021;64(1):33-42. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2020.1864543. Epub 2020 Dec 22.


Throughout her career, Rosalie Kane made a major impact in her efforts to improve quality of life for persons living in nursing homes. Near the end of her career, she suggested that it was time to "re-imagine long term care and to produce livable age-friendly nursing homes." This brief review focuses on the role of meaningful engagement and person-centered care as the next step in enhancing nursing home care. The importance of activities that strengthen cognitive and/or physical function is stressed, as well as improving socialization to reduce loneliness.

Keywords: Age-friendly nursing homes; meaningful engagement; person-centered care; quality of life.