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.
JAMA Internal Medicine – American Medical Association
Published: May 22, 2021