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Creating the movement-access continuum in home environments for dementia care

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation

Author: Olsen, R. V., Ehrenkrantz, E., Hutchings, B. L.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1996


Since the majority of people with Alzheimer's disease receive some care at home, the environment of that home must be safe and supportive. In-depth interviews of 90 'seasoned' caregivers identified tactics for creating these settings through home modifications and technology. A successful modification strategy follows a three-stage movement-access continuum that responds to the disease course-assistance, restriction with compensation, and wheelchair accessibility. Approaching home modifications along this continuum encourages independence and movement when appropriate while providing safety and control. With a sensitive and ongoing modification strategy, the home environment can become an asset rather than a liability for caregiving.

Further Details

Full Title: Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation
Pages: 1-8
Volume: 12
Issue: 2
Accession Number: 27.5.03
Keywords: cognitive, modification, safety improvement, carer
Reads: 212