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Stroke Rehanilitation: Assesive Techonology Devices and Enviromental Modifications following primary rehabilitation in hospital - a therapeutic perspective

The aim of this article is to describe the need for Assistive Devices and Environmental Modifications among long-living stroke survivors, and to investigate if the need is continued and growing in time.

The study sample of 155 consecutive stroke patients with stroke-related impairment, discharged home from three hospitals in Copenhagen from 1996 through 1998, constituted 20% of the total population of stroke survivors in this area. The results showed that 75% of these patients were provided with Assistive Devices and/or Environmental Modifications at discharge. Six months after discharge the proportion was 81%. The aids most frequently prescribed were bath seats, aids for mobility, grab bars, and removal of door thresholds. At follow-up 3 - 5 years later 74% of the survivors were seen (76 patients). Almost all the survivors were dependent on Assistive Devices and/or Environmental Modifications, most frequently wheelchairs, aids for walking and bathing. In addition there was a significant increase in aids for cooking/eating and reading/hearing/writing adaptations. Of those devices abandoned, aids for household counted for the most. These findings suggest that home visits by therapists should be required in order to target stroke survivors` changing needs for Assistive Devices and Environmental Modifications.Rehabilitation - Long-living Stroke Survivors - Home Visit.

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23.02.2014