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The central role of the occupational therapist in facilitating housing adaptations/home modifications for disabled children

Boniface, Gail and Morgan, Deborah 2017. The central role of the occupational therapist in facilitating housing adaptations/home modifications for disabled children. British Journal of Occupational Therapy 10.1177/0308022616680216

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Introduction Six reviews/inquiries into housing adaptations/home modifications processes occurred in Wales between 2004 and 2015. One resulted in the removal of the means test for children's Disabled Facilities Grants. This research investigated families' and professionals' experiences of the adaptations/home modification process to gain an understanding of their views and experiences. Method Mixed methods of an online questionnaire for professionals, and semi-structured interviews or an online questionnaire for families (depending on their preference), were employed. Forty-eight families participated and an additional 16 families responded to an online questionnaire. Analysis of qualitative data identified emergent themes, which are discussed in this article. Findings The themes were: poor information and communication mainly aimed at older adults; negative experience of the process; and the positive impact of the completed adaptation. Additionally, whilst undergoing the process, families felt that they needed a contact to guide them through the process. This contact was often by default the community occupational therapist. Conclusion A single contact person should be made available for families; occupational therapists should consider their part in that role; more specific information on children's needs should be provided; families need to recognize the part they can play in adding to delays in the delivery of adaptations.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adaptations, children and families, home modifications
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
ISSN: 0308-0226
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 February 2017
Date of Acceptance: 24 October 2016
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 21:58

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