Accelerating Adoption of Assistive Technology to Reduce Physical Strain among Family Caregivers of the Chronically Disabled Elderly Living at Home. Notes

01/12/2012

  1. These are for transfers to and from: Bed to Chair, Chair to Toilet, Chair to Chair, or Car to Chair. These are transfers that family caregivers are more likely to perform.

  2. Pam Doty, Lisa Alecxih, Vice President, Greg Link, Kathleen Kelly, Margaret Campbell-Kotler, and Mary Becker. "Expanding the Use of Assistive Technologies and Home Modifications." National Home and Community-Based Services Conference. Washington, DC: September 13, 2011.

    "Recent Efforts Supporting Assistive Technology and Home Modifications to Reduce Family Caregivers' Strain." Symposium.The Gerontological Society of America 64th Annual Meeting. Boston, MA: November 19, 2011.

    Majd Alwan, Molly Gavin, Cindy Gruman, Susan I. Klein, and Greg Link. "Promoting and Using Technology to Reduce Family Caregiver Strain and Foster Independence."Aging in America, the 2012 Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging. Washington, DC: March 30, 2012 (accepted).

  3. These assessments are included in the appendix of the article, which can be accessed at http://plaza.ufl.edu/mlwsail/6_promoting%20safety.pdf.

  4. Early adopters of technology are those who are more likely to report trying a technology when it is relatively new and untested. Late adopters wait until the technology is widely tested and used before adopting the technology.

  5. The Safe Patient Handling Training for Schools of Nursing guide, developed by NIOSH provides helpful information for family caregivers on how to handle or transfer their family members. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2009-127/pds/2009-127.pdf.

  6. The Lewin Group originally developed three resource guides for dissemination: (1) a Family Caregiver Resource Guide; (2) a NFCSP Resource Guide, and (3) a NFCSP Strategy Guide. The NFCSP guides were combined into one.

  7. Information on the program is available on the RCI website at http://www.rosalynncarter.org/academic_programs/.

  8. Information on the University of Southern California certificate can be found at http://www.homemods.org/.

  9. Information received in email correspondence with Meg Campbell-Kotler, VA Caregiver Support Program.

  10. CDC/NIOSH Lifting Equation. In Waters, T. 2007. When is it safe to manually lift a patient? American Journal of Nursing, 107[8], 53-59.

  11. Fees are associated with this service.

  12. Spillman, BC and Long, SK. 2009. "Does High Caregiver Stress Predict Nursing Home Entry?" Inquiry 46(2):140-161.

  13. CDC/NIOSH Lifting Equation. In Waters, T. 2007. When is it safe to manually lift a patient? American Journal of Nursing, 107[8], 53-59.

  14. The Safe Patient Handling Training for Schools of Nursing guide, developed by NIOSH provides helpful information for family caregivers on how to handle or transfer their loved ones. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2009-127/pdfs/2009-127.pdf

  15. For additional information on the study that led to this guide, see The Lewin Group, January 2012. Accelerating Adoption of Assistive Technology to Reduce Physical Strain among Family Caregivers of Older Adults with Chronic Illness Living at Home: Final Report.

  16. U.S. Department of Education, "Reuse Your Assistive Technology," http://ed.gov/programs/atsg/at-reuse.html

  17. By comparison, in the 2009 Caregiving in the U.S. survey, 66% of caregivers were women and their average age was 48. National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP. November 2009. Caregiving in the U.S. 2009. http://www.caregiving.org/pdf/research/Caregiving_in_the_US_2009_full_report.pdf.


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