Staying safe at home. Home environmental audit recommendations and uptake in an older population at high risk of falling.
ABSTRACT To identify the level of uptake of occupational therapists' home environmental audit recommendations by older community dwellers and the factors that contribute to adherence.
Cohort nested within an RCT that compared two models of care for fall prevention located in Brisbane, Australia.
Community-dwelling older people >60 at risk of falls (n = 80).
An environmental audit and recommendations by an occupational therapist.
Of the recommendations made, 55% were completed by 6 months. Increasing number of comorbidities was a significant predictor of adherence with recommendations. Recommendations requiring external providers were more likely to be completed than those relying on the client or family member.
Occupational therapists need to consider a wide range of intrinsic and extrinsic factors, which may contribute to adherence with home modifications.