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A model to promote activity competence in elders.

By Ruth E Levine and Laura N Gitlin


This paper describes an occupational therapy home-based intervention in which purposeful activities were used to promote adaptation and competence in older adults with chronic disabilities. Seven home care therapists visited 17 randomly selected, community-living elders who were chronically disabled and who volunteered to participate in the program. The number of visits ranged from 3 to 10 and occurred over a 3-month period according to clients\u27 needs and wishes. Therapists enhanced their ability to enter the client\u27s social and cultural system by using participant-observation techniques and collaboratively identified activities. Therapists documented each home visit with a structured fieldnote form. An analysis of 112 field-notes indicated that therapists were able to understand a client\u27s needs; this understanding resulted in small qualitative gains in areas identified as important by the client. Reilly\u27s concept of an activity continuum was a useful framework from which to work with this population. The implications for program development, treatment outcomes, and accountability with this approach promote improved future treatment planning with the elderly with chronic disability

Topics: Activities of Daily Living, Aged, Chronic Disease, Disabled Persons, Female, Geriatric Assessment, Home Care Services, Humans, Male, Occupational Therapy, Social Environment, Occupational Therapy
Publisher: Jefferson Digital Commons
Year: 1993
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