Understanding the dimensions of home that impact on home modification decision making

Aplin, Tammy, de Jonge, Desleigh and Gustafsson, Louise (2013) Understanding the dimensions of home that impact on home modification decision making. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 60 2: 101-109. doi:10.1111/1440-1630.12022

Author Aplin, Tammy
de Jonge, Desleigh
Gustafsson, Louise
Title Understanding the dimensions of home that impact on home modification decision making
Journal name Australian Occupational Therapy Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-0766
Publication date 2013-04-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12022
Open Access Status
Volume 60
Issue 2
Start page 101
End page 109
Total pages 9
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background/aim: The home environment is a multidimensional and personally meaningful place, and the complexity of this environment often impacts on the home modification process and outcomes. Home modifications can appear as a straightforward solution to safety and occupational performance concerns; nevertheless, clients sometimes reject modifications or are unsatisfied with the completed works. To understand this phenomenon, this study aimed to determine what aspects of the home environment impact home modification decision making.

In this qualitative descriptive study, 42 in-depth interviews using a semi-structured questionnaire were undertaken and analysed using a template analysis. The interviews explored the experience of the home modification process, including concerns and the decisions made about the modifications.

Four dimensions of the home environment were commonly found to affect decision making namely, the personal, societal, physical and temporal dimensions of home as well as social and occupational dimensions.

Conclusions: An understanding of the dimensions of home that impact decision making provides occupational therapists with a greater appreciation of the experience of home and allows them to enhance the effectiveness and acceptance of home modifications.

Keyword Community practice
Home modification
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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