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Use of Adaptive Equipment in Caring for Persons With Dementia at Home

GITLIN, LAURA N. PHD; CHEE, YEON KYUNG PHD

Alzheimer's Care Quarterly:
Feature Topic: Complementary and Alternative Therapies and Alzheimer's Disease
Abstract

Use of adaptive equipment in caring for persons with dementia at home is an underutilized compensatory strategy that can help ease aspects of caregiving and support the safety and functionality of persons with dementia. This article describes low-cost, low-technology adaptive equipment prescribed by occupational therapists as part of a home intervention designed to provide families with skills and strategies to manage daily care challenges. Also examined are caregivers' reasons for not using equipment and practice guidelines for assessing care needs and integrating equipment into daily home care routines.

Author Information

Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, is Director of the Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health (CARAH) and Professor of the Department of Occupational Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Yeon Kyung Chee, PhD, is Research Scientist in the Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health (CARAH) at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Address correspondence to: Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, 130 S 9th Str, Suite 513, Philadelphia, PA 19107. E-mail: laura.gitlin@jefferson.edu.

The research reported in this article was supported through grants funded by the National Institute on Aging and National Institute of Nursing Research (#U01 AG13265 and #R01 AG22254).

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