Most of the assistance that older Americans receive for help with chronic disabilities is provided by unpaid caregivers. A recent study found that physical strain from activities such as lifting and transferring is a big problem. This study examined and assessed the often overlooked potential of assistive technology to benefit unpaid family caregivers who assist older adults living at home.
Although research has identified benefits, only a handful of publicly-funded family caregiver support programs give much attention to enabling caregivers' access to assistive technology. The final report documents strategies for disseminating and encouraging adoption of these programs' promising practices.
Report Title: Accelerating Adoption of Assistive Technology to Reduce Physical Strain Among Family Caregivers of the Chronically Disabled Elderly Living at Home: Final Report http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2012/AccAdoAT.shtml
Agency Sponsor: OASPE, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Pam Doty, 202-690-6443
Contract Performer: The Lewin Group
Record ID: 10220 (May 15, 2013)