How effective are physical rehabilitation interventions directed at improving physical function among older people (age range 69 to 89 years) in long term care?
Due to the wide variety of outcome measures used, the studies could not be summarised statistically. There is insufficient evidence to make recommendations about the best intervention, improvement sustainability and cost-effectiveness.
The number of over 65-year-olds constituted 6.6% of the world's population in 1997 and is predicted to increase to 10% by 2025. It is expected this will lead to a rise in demand for long term residential care. There is, therefore, a demand for ways of preventing any deterioration in health, and for increasing independence in activities of daily living, eg, walking and dressing, among residents.