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Research Article  |   October 1984
An Independent Living Skills Training Program
Author Affiliations
  • Maureen E. Neistadt, MS, OTR, is Assistant Professor, Tufts University Boston School of Occupational Therapy, Medford, MA 02155
  • Kim Marques, OTR, is a staff therapist, Occupational Therapy Department, Beverly Hospital, Beverly, MA 01915
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Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Features
Research Article   |   October 1984
An Independent Living Skills Training Program
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1984, Vol. 38, 671-676. doi:10.5014/ajot.38.10.671
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1984, Vol. 38, 671-676. doi:10.5014/ajot.38.10.671
Abstract

The growing rehabilitation and consumer movement toward independent community living for disabled adults has placed new demands on the health care delivery system. Programs must be developed for the disabled adult that provide direct training in adaptive community skills, such as banking, budgeting, consumer advocacy, personal health care, and attendant management. An Independent Living Skills Training Program that uses a psychoeducational model is described. To date, 17 multiply handicapped adults, whose average length of institutionalization was 11.9 years, have participated in the program. Of these 17, 58.8% returned to community living and 23.5% are waiting for openings in accessible housing units.