Experiences of using powered wheelchair or powered scooter and accessibility in housings

Pettersson, Cecilia, Iwarsson, Susanne and Lexell, Eva Månsson (2015). Experiences of using powered wheelchair or powered scooter and accessibility in housings. In: Assistive Technology: Building Bridges. 13th AAATE Conference, Budapest, Hungary, (1017-1023). 9-12 September 2015. doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-566-1-1017

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Author Pettersson, Cecilia
Iwarsson, Susanne
Lexell, Eva Månsson
Title of paper Experiences of using powered wheelchair or powered scooter and accessibility in housings
Conference name 13th AAATE Conference
Conference location Budapest, Hungary
Conference dates 9-12 September 2015
Proceedings title Assistive Technology: Building Bridges   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Studies in Health Technology and Informatics   Check publisher's open access policy
Series Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Place of Publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher IOS Press
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.3233/978-1-61499-566-1-1017
Open Access Status Not Open Access
ISBN 9781614995654
9781614995661
ISSN 0926-9630
1879-8365
Volume 217
Start page 1017
End page 1023
Total pages 7
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Objective: To describe powered wheelchair (PW) and powered scooter (PS) users' experiences of accessibility and housing adaptions in their homes.

Method: A qualitative research approach with focus group methodology was used. Four focus groups were created, with men and women as well as PW and PS users in different groups. Applying a descriptive approach, data were analysed according to the principles described by Krueger and Casey.

Findings: With a specific focus on how PW and PS and housing adaptations operate together, the findings of this paper formed two categories: “Possibility of receiving housing adaptations according to individual needs” and “Importance of receiving the correct type of PW and PS in relation to individual needs”.

Conclusion: It is vital to acknowledge the characteristics and requirements of PW and PS as well as housing adaptations in order to optimize the use of such devices in the home, as a prerequisite for independence, activity and participation. The provision of PW and PS and housing adaptations should be considered and planned simultaneously, applying an explicitly user-centred perspective. Additionally, the collaboration between the different actors involved should be improved.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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