Drew J. Couch

Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2024

Document Type

Oral Presentation/Poster

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Health Science

Faculty Mentor

Mackenzie Feldhacker


Occupational therapy, meaningful occupations, older adults, occupational engagement

Subject Categories

Occupational Therapy


Older adults residing in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) face a multitude of challenges in engaging in meaningful occupations. They are at risk of occupational deprivation due to the regulations of the facility, physical limitations, and restricted choices of activities (Keane et al., 2023). Though the occupational therapy profession acknowledges the impacts this has on older adults little has been done to combat these issues. The purpose of the 14-week capstone project was to promote meaningful occupational engagement for residents residing in an SNF. Additionally, this project advocated for occupational therapy’s distinct role in identifying and promoting meaningful occupations. Multiple goals and objectives were achieved by completing this project such as gaining advanced clinical practice with a focus on the admission process, developing a program to enhance meaningful occupational engagement, and demonstrating leadership qualities. The findings of this capstone project, occupational therapy practitioners may have positive outcomes in promoting engagements for residents residing in an SNF and promoting overall health outcomes and quality of life.



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