Home access improves quality of life

Kitchen with drawer storage 2According to a systematic literature review by an international research group there is a link between modifications that make people feel safe and an improved quality of life. Preventing falls and the fear of falls, not being restricted from getting around the home and out of the house all help to lift depression and improve self esteem.The research team used the WHO ICF (International classification on functioning, disability and health) as a measurement tool for measuring activities of daily living (ADL). The title of the article is, Accessible Home Environments for People with Functional Limitations: A Systematic Review

Edited Abstract: The aim of this review is to evaluate the health and social effects of accessible home environments for people with functional limitations, in order to provide evidence to promote well-informed decision making for policy guideline development and choices about public health interventions. [After assessing 94 articles] … Fourteen studies were included in the review. A narrative approach was used to synthesise the findings of the included studies due to methodological and statistical heterogeneity. Results suggest that certain interventions to enhance the accessibility of homes can have positive health and social effects. Home environments that lack accessibility modifications appropriate to the needs of their users are likely to result in people with physical impairments becoming disabled at home.
The team included members from Ireland, South Africa, Czech Republic and Northern Ireland. 
Picture shows a kitchen with easy reach drawer storage and an oven at waist height.
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