A descriptive study of home modifications for people with dementia and barriers to implementation

Gesine Marquardt, Deirdre Johnston, Betty S. Black, Ann Morrison, Adam Rosenblat, Constantine G. Lyketsos, Quincy M. Samus

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Abstract

This study describes home environmental features, safety issues, and health-related modifications in a community dwelling sample of 82 elderly people with dementia. Main barriers to the accessibility of the homes were steps both inside and outside the home. The majority of the caregivers had made home modifications that pertained mainly to physical limitations. Home modifications to support cognitive deficits were made to a lesser extent. The main barrier to the implementation of home modifications to accommodate the care recipient's memory loss was skepticism about their usefulness. Regarding the removal of physical barriers, financial constraints were most frequently mentioned.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-273
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Housing for the Elderly
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011

Keywords

  • Activities of daily living
  • Dementia
  • Environmental barriers
  • Function
  • Home modification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Public Administration
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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