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Staying Safe at Home. Home environmental audit recommendations and uptake in an older population at high risk of falling

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Ms Michelle L Currin, Queensland Health, Community Rehabilitation Service, Primary and Community Health-Metro South HSD. Email: michelle_currin@health.qld.gov.au

Abstract

Aim:  To identify the level of uptake of occupational therapists' home environmental audit recommendations by older community dwellers and the factors that contribute to adherence.

Methods:  Design and setting: Cohort nested within an RCT that compared two models of care for fall prevention located in Brisbane, Australia. Participants: Community-dwelling older people >60 at risk of falls (n = 80). Interventions: An environmental audit and recommendations by an occupational therapist.

Results:  Of the recommendations made, 55% were completed by 6 months. Increasing number of comorbidities was a significant predictor of adherence with recommendations. Recommendations requiring external providers were more likely to be completed than those relying on the client or family member.

Conclusion:  Occupational therapists need to consider a wide range of intrinsic and extrinsic factors, which may contribute to adherence with home modifications.

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