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Research Article  |   October 1990
Home Adaptations for Persons With Chronic Disabilities: An Educational Model
Author Affiliations
  • Ruth E. Levine, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Allied Health Sciences, Thomas Jefferson University, 130 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
  • Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, is Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Allied Health Sciences, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Research Article   |   October 1990
Home Adaptations for Persons With Chronic Disabilities: An Educational Model
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1990, Vol. 44, 923-929. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.10.923
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1990, Vol. 44, 923-929. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.10.923
Abstract

This paper offers a method by which to train students in the provision of culturally relevant, in-home environmental adaptations for persons with chronic disabilities. On the basis of a theoretical framework, the student therapist learns about the client’s life-style and offers adaptations that evolve from a collaborative problem-solving process. The training process has been developed and refined over a 3-year period. A case study illustrates the student’s application of theory and practice and the outcome for the client of this service provision approach.