28 February 2009

Sydney based facilities required for humour therapy study

Sydney Multisite Intervention of LaughterBosses and ElderClowns (SMILE) : Humour therapy in aged care facilities
Dementia Collaborative Research Centre: 2009
The SMILE Study Team are looking for Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF's) in the greater Sydney area to be involved in this project.

The Sydney Multisite Intervention of LaughterBosses and ElderClowns (SMILE) is a randomised controlled trial of humour therapy. About 400 residents from 36 low care (hostel) and high care (nursing home) residential facilities will be randomly assigned to receive the SMILE treatment or usual care. The SMILE treatment involves ElderClowns visiting weekly for 12 weeks, and staff volunteers trained to be LaughterBosses and bring humour to daily care routines. SMILE will evaluate whether humour therapy improves resident quality-of-life, mood and behaviour, and reduces staff turnover. Contact Dr Lee-Fay Low for further information.

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