Older people and people with disabilities have a right to be included in all aspects of home and community life, yet environmental barriers continue to exist in the built environment. There are concerns about how well homes can support older people and people with disabilities over time as their needs change.
Occupational therapists are well-suited to determining the most appropriate home modification solutions to address environmental barriers. They possess the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate people's current and future needs in the context of the nature and use of the environment and can work collaboratively with design and construction professionals to develop solutions.
To be comprehensive and effective in their approach, occupational therapists need to understand not only the individual's requirements, but also the ethical and legal contexts for practice, technical aspects of the built environment, relevance and intent of access standards and design approaches, and application of a range of products and finishes.
An Occupational Therapist's Guide to Home Modification Practice, Second Edition by Elizabeth Ainsworth and Desleigh de Jonge and their team of expert contributors provides comprehensive information to inform occupational therapists about current practice and research. This includes the authors using a transactional approach to examine the person-occupation-environment interaction and providing occupational therapists with a detailed understanding of the various dimensions of the home environment that can impact clients' home modification decisions.
New material has been provided relating to research and practice issues, such as an overview of the latest home modification outcome research findings as documented in literature; an update on outcome evaluation; new research information about the dimensions of the home impacting decision making; additional information on grab rail and ramp prescription; and the inclusion of new case studies illustrating minor and major modification solutions for clients who present with diverse needs.
In the Second Edition, you'll find:
- A detailed understanding of aspects of the home environment that impact home modification decisions
- A review of legislative environment and funding systems that facilitate service delivery
- An overview of home modification services as well as future trends
- A range of comprehensive case studies illustrated by photographs
- Additional theory to inform knowledge and skill development that can be used in home modification practice worldwide
Instructors in educational settings can visit www.efacultylounge.com for additional education material to be used for teaching in the classroom.
An Occupational Therapist's Guide to Home Modification Practice, Second Edition provides a range of resources and tools, and it can be used as a teaching aid to support students, interns, and novice therapists or as a manual for reflection and practice for more experienced home modification practitioners.