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Factors predicting assistive device use in the home by older people following rehabilitation

Journal of Aging and Health

Author: Gitlin, L. N. , Schemm, R. L. , Landsberg, L. , Burgh, D.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1996


The purpose of this article is to (a) describe the pattern of assistive device use by older adults the first 3 months home following rehabilitation, (b) examine factors that predict home use, and (c) describe characteristics of users. The study involved 86 patients 55 years of age or older who were hospitalized for a stroke, orthopedic deficit, or lower limb amputation and discharged home with assistive devices. Of the 642 devices provided in the hospital, 50% were used frequently to always, with those using devices in Month 1 continuing over time. A respondent's expectation while hospitalized to use devices was an independent predictor of actual home use. Although there were no differences between users and nonusers among sociodemographic variables, respondents with a lower limb amputation used devices with greater frequency than those with either a stroke or orthopedic deficit.

Further Details

Publish Dates: November 1996
Full Title: Journal of Aging and Health
Pages: 23
Volume: 8
Issue: 4
Section: 554
Accession Number: September, 2011
Electronic Resource Number: 10.1177/089826439600800405
Keywords: Disabled, assisted device
Reads: 179