Introducing daily living products to older people with sight loss: practice implications of an innovative demonstration programme

Author:
PERCIVAL John
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(12), December 2012, pp.570-573.
Publisher:
Sage

This practice analysis paper describes an assistive technology demonstration programme for older people with sight loss and their support workers. Ninety-four participants (60 service users (age range 47-84 years) and 34 staff members) across four specialist housing schemes and one resource centre in England attended demonstration sessions, co-led by occupational therapists and lead staff. Twenty-eight daily living devices were demonstrated and discussed. An independent review of the programme gathered perspectives and experiences through focus groups and analysis of feedback forms. This revealed that although participants had some knowledge of generic and low vision devices, they valued the opportunity to learn more about technological solutions to routine difficulties. The author suggests that occupational therapists are equipped to engage in innovative partnerships promoting timely use of assistive technology. Implications for practice are considered and suggestions made as to how occupational therapists may facilitate appropriate awareness of, and access to, daily living devices.

Subject terms:
information needs, occupational therapists, older people, visual impairment, access to services, activities of daily living, assistive technology;
Content type:
practice example
Location(s):
England
Link:
Journal home page
ISSN online:
1477-6006
ISSN print:
0308-0226

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