Exercises for Adults in Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facilities

  • Barbara ResnickEmail author

Key Points

  • Institutional older adults, in skilled nursing and rehabilitation settings, both short and long stay, benefit from participation in effective exercise programs.

  • Exercise is safe although modifications are necessary, for institutionalized older adults.

  • Effective strategies can be employed to motivate older adults with different conditions and diseases, in these settings.

  • Transforming the philosophy of care to include exercise is possible in institutional settings.


Assisted living Deconditioned Elder Exercise Long-term care Nursing home Older adult Physical activity Senior center Skilled nursing facility 

Supplementary material

Video 8.1.

Seated exercises for coordination, balance, endurance and strength. Demonstrates modified exercises for older adult residents of a facility with limited ability promoting coordination, balance, endurance and strength

Video 8.2.

Seated exercises for upper extremity range of motion and flexibility. Demonstrates modified exercises for older adult residents of a facility with limited ability promoting upper extremity range of motion and flexibility


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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Organizational Systems and Adult HealthUniversity of Maryland School of NursingBaltimoreUSA

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