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Occup Ther Health Care. 2013 Jul;27(3):216-27. doi: 10.3109/07380577.2013.807450.

Occupational therapy community practice and home assessments: use of the home safety self-assessment tool (HSSAT) to support aging in place.

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Department of Occupational Therapy, York College-CUNY, Jamaica, New York , USA.


More than 70 million Americans are expected to be 65 years or older by 2030, with 8.7 million 85 or older. Occupational therapists can provide client and population-centered interventions to promote home safety, functional abilities, and quality of life to support older adults' desires for independence and to age in place. This includes the use of assistive technology, home modifications, and rehabilitation principles, to design real life solutions to support the needs of older adults. Using case study methodology this paper focuses on the development and pilot-testing of the Home Safety Self-Assessment Tool (HSSAT), a new home assessment, designed for use by older individuals to promote home safety and aging in place. The results suggest the tool may assist older adults in identifying environmental factors that are related to falls and facilitate their ability to age in place.

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