Understanding home modifications impact on clients and their family's experience of home: a qualitative study

Aplin, Tammy, de Jonge, Desleigh and Gustafsson, Louise (2014) Understanding home modifications impact on clients and their family's experience of home: a qualitative study. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 62 2: 1-9. doi:10.1111/1440-1630.12156


Author Aplin, Tammy
de Jonge, Desleigh
Gustafsson, Louise
Title Understanding home modifications impact on clients and their family's experience of home: a qualitative study
Journal name Australian Occupational Therapy Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2094-7313
2094-7321
Publication date 2014-10-28
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12156
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 62
Issue 2
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Place of publication Manila, Philippines
Publisher World Health Organization * Regional Office for the Western Pacific
Language eng
Abstract Background/aimHome modifications aim to enhance safety and occupational performance in the home. However, given the complexity and unique meaning of the home, they can impact aspects other than function. This qualitative descriptive study aimed to explore the impact of home modifications on clients and their family's experience of home.
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Background/aim

Home modifications aim to enhance safety and occupational performance in the home. However, given the complexity and unique meaning of the home, they can impact aspects other than function. This qualitative descriptive study aimed to explore the impact of home modifications on clients and their family's experience of home.

Methods

Home modification clients and their family and carers participated in 42 in-depth interviews which were analysed using a template analysis.

Findings

Home modifications impacted positively and negatively on five dimensions of the home environment, the personal, occupational, physical, temporal and social dimension. The outcomes of the modifications and the home modification process were influenced by three themes, workmanship, consultation or involvement in decision-making, and the societal dimension of the home environment.

Conclusions

The negative outcomes and poor consultation experiences suggest the need for occupational therapists to understand their client's personal experience of home and to comprehensively follow-up and evaluate these following home modifications.
Keyword Disability
Home environment
Home modifications
Occupational therapy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 28 Oct 2014

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
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