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Something to SMILE about: Potential benefits to staff from humor therapy with nursing home residents

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Life in residential care can be challenging for residents and staff. Bringing humor into this setting may benefit residents, creating a more productive, enjoyable work environment for staff. The potential effect of exposure to humor therapy on staff, both as active and incidental participants, as part of a randomized controlled trial of the effect of humor therapy for aged care residents was investigated in the Sydney Multisite Intervention of LaughterBosses and ElderClowns (SMILE). The intervention involved a humor program with professional performers (ElderClowns) and trained facility staff (LaughterBosses) for a minimum of nine 2-hour sessions over 12 weeks. Methods included a staff survey at three time points, interviews with LaughterBosses, and a satisfaction rating by facility managers. There were significant positive findings for some staff subgroups, including assistants in nursing/personal care assistants and staff older than 45. LaughterBoss interviews and intervention group manager ratings of staff work enthusiasm were positive.

Authors


  •   Chenoweth, Lynn (external author)
  •   Low, Lee-Fay (external author)
  •   Goodenough, Belinda J.
  •   Liu, Zhixin (external author)
  •   Brodaty, Henry (external author)
  •   Casey, Anne-Nicole (external author)
  •   Spitzer, Peter (external author)
  •   Bell, Jean-Paul (external author)
  •   Fleming, Richard

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Chenoweth, L., Low, L., Goodenough, B., Liu, Z., Brodaty, H., Casey, A., Spitzer, P., Bell, J. & Fleming, R. (2014). Something to SMILE about: Potential benefits to staff from humor therapy with nursing home residents. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 40 (2), 47-52.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84894253136

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/661

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 47

End Page


  • 52

Volume


  • 40

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Life in residential care can be challenging for residents and staff. Bringing humor into this setting may benefit residents, creating a more productive, enjoyable work environment for staff. The potential effect of exposure to humor therapy on staff, both as active and incidental participants, as part of a randomized controlled trial of the effect of humor therapy for aged care residents was investigated in the Sydney Multisite Intervention of LaughterBosses and ElderClowns (SMILE). The intervention involved a humor program with professional performers (ElderClowns) and trained facility staff (LaughterBosses) for a minimum of nine 2-hour sessions over 12 weeks. Methods included a staff survey at three time points, interviews with LaughterBosses, and a satisfaction rating by facility managers. There were significant positive findings for some staff subgroups, including assistants in nursing/personal care assistants and staff older than 45. LaughterBoss interviews and intervention group manager ratings of staff work enthusiasm were positive.

Authors


  •   Chenoweth, Lynn (external author)
  •   Low, Lee-Fay (external author)
  •   Goodenough, Belinda J.
  •   Liu, Zhixin (external author)
  •   Brodaty, Henry (external author)
  •   Casey, Anne-Nicole (external author)
  •   Spitzer, Peter (external author)
  •   Bell, Jean-Paul (external author)
  •   Fleming, Richard

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Chenoweth, L., Low, L., Goodenough, B., Liu, Z., Brodaty, H., Casey, A., Spitzer, P., Bell, J. & Fleming, R. (2014). Something to SMILE about: Potential benefits to staff from humor therapy with nursing home residents. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 40 (2), 47-52.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84894253136

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/661

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 47

End Page


  • 52

Volume


  • 40

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United States