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Caregivers of People with Alzheimer's Dementia

An Analysis of Their Compliance with Recommended Home Modifications

Sheldon, Miranda M., BS; Teaford, Margaret H., PhD

Feature Topic: Therapeutic Environments

This study investigated caregivers of Alzheimer's patients to determine what factors encourage or discourage compliance with home modification recommendations and the relationship, if any, between implementation and caregiver stress and coping skills. Two case studies are presented that typify the issues commonly addressed by the therapist.

Recent graduate of the School of Allied Medical Professions, Occupational Therapy Division, at The Ohio State University. This article is based on research conducted for the Undergraduate Honors Research Program at OSU. (Sheldon)

Assistant professor in the School of Allied Medical Professions at The Ohio State University. She teaches courses in gerontology and conducts research on older adults who are aging in place. (Teaford)

Address correspondence to: Margaret Teaford, PhD, School of Allied Medical Professions, The Ohio State University, 406 SAMP 1587 Perry St, Columbus, OH 43210. Telephone: 614–292–8152. E-mail:

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