Environmental adaptations for individuals with functional difficulties and their families in the home and community

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Abstract

Environmental adaptation is an important intervention to help individuals with disabilities remain at home independently and ease the burden of care on their families. A range of adaptations can be considered, including removing or rearranging objects, special equipment, and adaptive tools. Providing an environ-mental adaptation involves assessment of a person’s needs and capabilities and the environment’s physical and social properties, choosing an adaptation, ordering and installing it, and training the individual and family member in its use. This chapterprovides an overview of environmental adaptation as an intervention for the elderly, clinicalprinciples, and the evidence to support this approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Handbook of Occupational Therapy Interventions, Second Edition
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages165-175
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783319081410
ISBN (Print)9783319081403
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Assistive Devices
  • Frailty
  • Home Modification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Psychology(all)

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    Gitlin, L. N. (2015). Environmental adaptations for individuals with functional difficulties and their families in the home and community. In International Handbook of Occupational Therapy Interventions, Second Edition (pp. 165-175). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08141-0_12