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Unmet Need for Equipment to Help With Bathing and Toileting Among Older US Adults

Unmet Need for Equipment to Help With Bathing and Toileting Among Older US Adults Key PointsQuestionHow many older adults who need equipment to help with bathing and toileting do not have it? FindingsIn this nationally representative cohort study of 2614 adults 65 years or older, an estimated 42% of individuals who expressed or demonstrated diminished capability to bathe or toilet independently lacked grab bars or seats to help. This percentage represents 5 million individuals in the US with unmet need for equipment. MeaningThese findings suggest that low-cost and beneficial assistive devices to support injury prevention, independence, and quality of life for older adults are being underused, and better clinical assessment for and better provision of these aids are needed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Internal Medicine American Medical Association

Unmet Need for Equipment to Help With Bathing and Toileting Among Older US Adults

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2021 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
2168-6106
eISSN
2168-6114
DOI
10.1001/jamainternmed.2021.0204
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Abstract

Key PointsQuestionHow many older adults who need equipment to help with bathing and toileting do not have it? FindingsIn this nationally representative cohort study of 2614 adults 65 years or older, an estimated 42% of individuals who expressed or demonstrated diminished capability to bathe or toilet independently lacked grab bars or seats to help. This percentage represents 5 million individuals in the US with unmet need for equipment. MeaningThese findings suggest that low-cost and beneficial assistive devices to support injury prevention, independence, and quality of life for older adults are being underused, and better clinical assessment for and better provision of these aids are needed.

Journal

JAMA Internal MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: May 22, 2021

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