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Changes in accessibility and usability in housing: an exploration of the housing adaptation process.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15962699     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of a housing adaptation is to enhance daily activities and to improve housing accessibility and usability by removing physical barriers in the home. The aim of this study was to investigate longitudinal changes in housing accessibility among clients receiving grants for housing adaptations. Baseline assessments were administered one month before the housing adaptation, with the first follow-up after two to three months, and the second follow-up after eight to nine months. The Housing Enabler and the Usability in My Home instruments were used to collect data from 131 consecutively enrolled clients living in general housing. Accessibility and usability improved significantly, the number of physical environmental barriers decreased and dependence on mobility devices increased, but at different times along the process. The results indicate the complexity of the housing adaptation process and the need to consider person-environment interactions over time. The methodology seems useful for quality development of assessment, intervention and evaluation processes in housing adaptations performed by occupational therapists.
Agneta Fänge; Susanne Iwarsson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Occupational therapy international     Volume:  12     ISSN:  0966-7903     ISO Abbreviation:  Occup Ther Int     Publication Date:  2005  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-06-20     Completed Date:  2005-07-11     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9433361     Medline TA:  Occup Ther Int     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  44-59     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Occupationanl Therapy, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Aged, 80 and over
Data Collection
Disabled Persons*
Environment Design*
Facility Design and Construction
Housing / standards*
Middle Aged
Occupational Therapy
Self-Help Devices

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