Housing adaptations and home modifications

Iwarsson, Susanne (2014). Housing adaptations and home modifications. In Ingrid Söderback (Ed.), International handbook of occupational therapy interventions 2nd ed. (pp. 177-187) Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-08141-0_13

Author Iwarsson, Susanne
Title of chapter Housing adaptations and home modifications
Title of book International handbook of occupational therapy interventions
Place of Publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Chapter in textbook
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-08141-0_13
Open Access Status
Edition 2nd
ISBN 9783319081403
Editor Ingrid Söderback
Start page 177
End page 187
Total pages 11
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Worldwide, but subject to substantial variations across countries, housing adaptations and home modifications constitute important and common interventions in occupational therapy practice. Starting out from the notion that occupational performance is the outcome of person–environment–occupation (P–E–O) transactions, such interventions are applicable with all kinds of clients with occupational performance problems in the home setting. Housing adaptations entail alterations of permanent physical features in the home and the immediate outdoor environment, whereas home modifications typically are more complex interventions that often include the provision of assistive technology and related training, etc. Most clients are older people, and measures such as removal of thresholds, installation of shower stalls instead of bathtubs, and installation of handrails and grab bars are among the most common. A growing body of scientific evidence has the potential to strengthen this part of occupational therapy practice, with the ultimate goal of creating home environments that support occupational performance—and ultimately, health, and quality of life.
Keyword Accessibility
Environmental adaptation
Environmental modification
Home modification
Q-Index Code BX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Link to Book Chapter: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-08141-0_13

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