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Self-assessment tools for person-environment fit

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Authors Home Modification Information Clearinghouse
Audience Authors, Consumers, Government/NGOs/Peaks, Industry, Librarians/Researchers/Students
ISBN 978-0-7334-3953-7
DOI 10.26288/5fec08907af77

Background: Older people and people with disability have decreased functionality in the home compared to people without disabilities. Assessments of their functionality as well as of their home environment can lead to the prescription of home modifications and/or assistive technology that can improve their quality of life in the home. During periods of self-isolation and physical distancing, self-assessment tools can prove valuable for the preservation of the health of the tenants as well as the health professionals.

Objectives: To explore and determine the existing self-assessment tools or the tools that can be transformed into self-assessment tools of functional ability and the appropriateness of the home.

Search Methods: Systematic research through the HMinfo Library, Google Scholar and Standard Electronic Databases to retrieve 36 publications.

Data Collection and analysis: 8 studies were analysed and included in the review.

Results: Only one tool (CASPAR) was found to fulfil all requirements for a self-assessment tool of the person-home fit. A Telehealth version of the tool seems to be more effective in providing the necessary information for Occupational Therapists to be able to prescribe home modifications.

Authors Conclusions: A self-assessment tool for the person-home environment fit should be developed and scientifically tested, utilizing existing tools elements.

Table of Contents

Functional ability and ageing in place

Assessment of functional ability and the home environment

Home visits of health professionals and physical distancing

Importance of the review



Research Question

Question Refinement Strategy

Search Terms

Search Strategy

Outcomes of Search

Tools Analysed

Nationality of literature

Quality of evidence

Data/inputs required by the tools

Tool target assessor

Assessment tools

Comprehensive Assessment and Solutions Process for Aging Residents (CASPAR)

Home Falls and Accidents Screening Tool for Health Professionals (HOME FAST-HP) and for Self-Reporting

Client-Clinician Assessment Protocol (C-CAP)

Housing Enabler (HE)

Safety Assessment of Function and the Environment for Rehabilitation–Health Outcome Measurement and Evaluation (SAFER-HOME) Tool, Version 2

In-Home Occupational Performance Evaluation (I-HOPE) Kit

A Way to Stay: Home Modification Assessment & Planning Tool

The dimensions of Home Measure (DOHM) and Post Modification Satisfaction Questionnaire (PMSQ)

Other tools

Home Safety Self-Assessment Tool (HSSAT)

Westmead Home Safety Assessment (WeHSA)

Cougar Home Safety Assessment (CHSA) 5.0

Falls Behavioral Scale (FaB) for Older People

Safe at Home

Checklists and tools for residents

DIYmodify App

Check for Safety: A home fall prevention checklist for older adults

AARP HomeFit Guide

The Safe Living Guide

Remodelling today for a better tomorrow





Useful websites

Specialist Review Panel

Lynette MackenzieUniversity of SydneyGuest Expert Panel
Annette HanleyScope Home AccessIndustry Panel
Lyndal MillikaniCareIndustry Panel

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