Long-Term Care

PPS Q&A

PPS Alert for Long-Term Care, June 1, 2010

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Q. Every now and then, we are faced with a resident who is resistant or apathetic when it comes to participating in his or her restorative nursing program. How can we motivate the resident to play an active role in restorative activities?

A. Knowing how to motivate and reward residents is an essential part of your job. Motivation is an internal driving force that initiates and directs behavior. It is an important factor in residents’ cooperation with restorative care. Negative motivation involves performing a task out of fear of undesirable outcomes. If you use negative motivators, residents will stop the behavior. However, they’ll also stop trying. Scolding and criticizing a resident are negative motivators. 

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