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Locomotor disability in very elderly people: value of a programme for screening and provision of aids for daily living.

British Medical Journal

Author: Hart, D., Bowling, A., Ellis, M.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1990


The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of potentially reversible locomotor disabilities in elderly subjects and the cost effectiveness of providing aids for daily living. It involved a randomised trial of 85 persons living independently in an inner London borough. A number of interventions were included: raised toilet seat, teapot tipper, shoe horn, elastic laces and double handled saucepan. Conclusions: appreciable degrees of unrecognised locomotor disability are detected on screening of very elderly people living independently. Providing aids offers a feasible and cost effective means of improving function in such people.

Further Details

Full Title: British Medical Journal
Pages: 216-220.
Issue: 301
Accession Number: 11.12.02
Keywords: United Kingdom, older, mobility, assistive device
Reads: 275