How are service users instructed to measure home furniture for provision of minor assistive devices?

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Atwal, A (2016). How are service users instructed to measure home furniture for provision of minor assistive devices? Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology.
AuthorsAtwal, A
Abstract

PURPOSE: Measurements play a vital role in providing devices that meet the individual needs of users. There is increasing evidence of devices being abandoned. The reasons for this are complex but one key factor that plays a role in non-use of equipment is the lack of fit between the device, environment and person. In addition, the abandonment of devices can be seen as a waste of public money. The aim of this paper is to examine the type, the readability, and the content of existing guidance in relation to measuring home furniture. METHOD: An online national survey involving health and social care trusts in the UK. We conducted a synthesis of leaflets associated with measurement of furniture to identify existing guidance. The content and readability of this guidance was then evaluated. RESULTS: From the 325 responses received, 64 therapists reported using guidance. From the 13 leaflets that were analysed, 8 leaflets were found to meet Level 3 Adult Literacy Standards (age 9-11). There were differences in the way in which the measurement of furniture items occurred within the leaflets with no measurement guidance reported for baths. CONCLUSION: There is a need to standardize guidance to ensure that measurements are reliable. Implications for Rehabilitation Our research has highlighted the need to confirm and agree measurement techniques for home furniture in the provision of assistive devices. Inaccurate guidance can lead to abandonment of devices. Inaccurate guidance could prevent service users from not participating within the self-assessment process for devices.

Year2016
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1748-3115
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.3109/17483107.2015.1111942
FunderUK Occupational Therapy Foundation (UKOTRF)
Publication dates
Print04 Jul 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited28 Jul 2016
Accepted20 Oct 2015
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CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
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