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Open Access Impact of Home Modification Services on Ability in Everyday Life for People Ageing with Disabilities

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Objective: To examine the impact of home modifications on self-rated ability in everyday life from various aspects for people ageing with disabilities.

Methods: The study sample was recruited from an agency providing home modification services in Sweden and comprised 73 subjects whose referrals had been approved and who were scheduled to receive home modifications (intervention group) and 41 subjects waiting for their applications to be assessed for approval (comparison group). The subjects rated their ability in everyday life using the Client–Clinician Assessment Protocol Part I on 2 occasions: at baseline and follow-up. The Client–Clinician Assessment Protocol Part I provides data on the clients' self-rated independence, difficulty and safety in everyday life. The data were first subjected to Rasch analysis in order to convert the raw scores into interval measures. Further analyses to investigate changes in self-rated ability were conducted with parametric statistics.

Results: Subjects who had received home modifications reported a statistically significant improvement in their self-rated ability in everyday life compared with those in the comparison group. Subjects who had received home modifications reported less difficulty and increased safety, especially in tasks related to self-care in the bathroom and transfers, such as getting in and out of the home.

Conclusion: Home modifications have a positive impact on self-rated ability in everyday life, especially on decreasing the level of difficulty and increasing safety.

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Keywords: ADL; COMMUNITY LIVING; DIFFERENTIAL ITEM FUNCTIONING; ENVIRONMENTAL INTERVENTION; OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY; RASCH ANALYSIS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 April 2008

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  • Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine is the international peer-reviewed journal published in English, with at least 10 issues published per year.

    Original articles, reviews, case reports, short communications, special reports and letters to the editor are published, as also are editorials and book reviews. The journal strives to provide its readers with a variety of topics including: functional assessment and intervention studies, clinical studies in various patient groups, methodology in physical and rehabilitation medicine, epidemiological studies on disabling conditions and reports on vocational and sociomedical aspects of rehabilitation.

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