Updated Analyses of Trends in Use of Assistive Devices. Hours, Device Use, and Independent Device Use


  • Hours of care received in the last week rose with disability level and generally were higher for the group using both help and devices than for the group using only help.

  • Frequency of need for accommodations, especially for mobility or transfer was important; hours of help were more than doubled for respondents reporting they needed accommodation for any ADL most of the time.

  • Persons with at least three ADLs who used devices with help received far more hours of care than persons performing at least one activity only with devices; they also received more hours than similarly disabled persons receiving only help.

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