Home Monitoring for Veterans With Low ADL PerformanceBy Mann, William C., PhD; Bendixen, Roxanna M., MHS, OTR/L; Chumbler, Neale R., PhD; RESNA 27th International Annual Conference 2004: Technology & Disability: Research, Design, Practice, & Policy,
Publication Date: 2004
Paper discusses the Low Activities of Daily Living Program (LAMP), which aims to help veterans who require personal assistance with at least two activities of daily living (ADL), such as bathing, grooming, dressing, toileting, transferring, and mobility. The program uses a battery of instruments to measure multiple dimensions. All data is collected face-to-face in participants’ homes by occupational therapist interviewers. Three instruments are used to measure participants’ function and cognitive status: (1) the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living section of the Older American Resources/Services Procedures, (2) the Sickness Impact Profile, and (3) the Functional Independence Measure. These instruments are moderately correlated with one another, and there is overlap in content, such as mobility. Following functional and home assessments, occupational therapists write treatment plans and make recommendations for assistive technology, and determine environmental interventions that could maintain or improve the clients’ function. Assistive technology is provided free of charge to the participants, and is purchased the appropriate veterans affairs providers.
Assistive Products Discussed: FIM SYSTEM
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)