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Use of assistive devices for bathing by elderly who are not institutionalized

Occupational Therapy Journal of Research

Author: Mann, W., Hurren, D., Tomita, M., Charvat, B.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1996


For elderly persons with disabilites, bathing is a frequent activity that can be both pleasnat and dangerous. Bathing involves using water in an environment with hard, smooth surfaces that become slippery when wet, and many falls occur in the bathroom. A variety of assistive devices are available to make bathing safer and more comfortable. Bathing devices tank as one of the most frequently used categories of assistive devices. Study of bathing devices has been little beyond the determination of their frequency of use. This article outlines a hierachical model for use in prescribing bathing devices related to their mobility and support. This model, based on level of disability, is called the Bath Device Prescription Model (BDPM). Subjects were drawn from the University of Buffalo Consumer Assessments Study (n=319) which considers persons aged older than 60 with disabilities. 294 subjects reported difficulties with bathing and were divided into 2 groups based on mental status (Mini Mental Status Exam [MMSE] scores >/= 24 or

Further Details

Publish Dates: Fall 1996
Pages: 261-286
Volume: 16
Issue: 4
Accession Number: 12.12.02
Keywords: older, mobility, bathroom/toilet/lavatory, assistive device
Reads: 514