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An occupational therapist's perspective on environmental adaptations for the disabled elderly.

Occupational Therapy Strategies for Independent Daily living

Author: Taira, E.
Year: 1984
Type: Book Section


Services for the elderly and the handicapped despite their separate funding sources have much in common. A review of legislative mandates for each population as well as an overview of their common environmental needs and concerns is provided with special attention to housing. The realtive merits of designing a barrier free environment versus adapting a residence to meet an individuals needs are explored and examples of both types of support are given. The role of the occupational therapist in the treatment of the disabled elderly is based on the premise that independence in daily living tasks promotes increased competence and can delay deterioration and institutionalisation. OTs because of their knowledge are invited to take on larger responsibilities bridging the gap between these two populations.

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Pages 25-33
Accession Number 23.1.03
Keywords oldermobilitylegislation compliancehousing improvement

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