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Environmental problems in homes of elders with disabilities

The Occupational Therapy Journal of Research

Author: Mann, W., Hurren, D., Tomita, M., Bengali, M., Steinfeld, E.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1994


This paper examines environmental problems in the homes of elderly persons with disabilities. The study interviewed 127 persons aged over 60. All had received or were receiving services from a senior services agency or hospital rehabilitation program. An average of 4 problems per home were identified. Problems were grouped into categories by room and by area such as 'lighting' and 'steps' and described in more detail. Since all subjects had been referred to the project through an agency or hospital providing services, the results suggest that the home environment needs of elders are not adequately addressed by these service providers. An environmental interventions model, developed following an anaysis of study results is presented, to guide service providers in setting priorities for recommending home modifications. OT are required to provide home assessments, and must play a greater role in ensuring that these assessments and intreventions are provided for noninstitutionalised older persons with disabilities.

Further Details

Pages: 191-211
Volume: 14
Issue: 3
Accession Number: 12.12.02
Keywords: older, mobility, assessment, modification
Reads: 287