This study documents aged care residents’ outcomes after, and satisfaction with, participation in a rehabilitation program conducted in a co‐located gym.
A mixed‐method prospective cohort study was conducted. All residents who attended the program were invited to participate in the study. Demographic information and outcome measures (walking speed, mobility, ability to stand, exercise self‐efficacy and health status) were documented on study commencement and again after 6 months.
Thirty‐eight participants were included with an average age of 83 years (SD 13). The majority of participants (61%) required physical assistance for mobility. Compliance with scheduled sessions was 94%. Most (92%) participants would recommend the program. The majority of participants (55%) experienced improved walking speed as measured by the 5‐metre walk test.
The results suggest that a rehabilitative program can maintain the physical status of aged care residents, despite the common decline in physical performance in this population.