Clare O’Sullivan MSc, PGCertTLHEd, BOccThy (Hons) (Australia), BSocSc (Hons); Lecturer. Gill Chard PhD, BSc (Hons), DipCOT; Professor.
An exploration of participation in leisure activities post-stroke
Article first published online: 30 DEC 2009
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 Australian Association of Occupational Therapists
Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Volume 57, Issue 3, pages 159–166, June 2010
How to Cite
O’Sullivan, C. and Chard, G. (2010), An exploration of participation in leisure activities post-stroke. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 57: 159–166. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2009.00833.x
- Issue published online: 21 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 30 DEC 2009
- Accepted for publication 20 October 2009.
- occupational therapy;
Aim: The purpose of this study was to illuminate the experiences of older adults’ return to leisure activities, following rehabilitation, post-stroke.
Method: A phenomenological approach was used to explore the experiences of re-engaging in leisure occupations post-stroke. In-depth interviews were conducted with five community-dwelling individuals (three men, two women) aged 68–74 years who had experienced a stroke in the past year. Data were analysed using thematic analysis.
Findings: Four themes emerged: (i) Re-engaging in leisure activities, (ii) acceptance of physical limitations post-stroke, (iii) gratitude for help and support and (iv) looking forward to the future.
Conclusion: Implications revealed that post-stroke interventions need a more occupation-focussed approach, including return to leisure at an earlier stage of stroke rehabilitation.