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A Qualitative Study on Improvement of Assistive Device for Elderly People With Long-Term Care Insurance Focused on Caregiver’s Perspective

  • Korean Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Abbr : Korean J of Occup Ther
  • 2020, 28(4), pp.59-71
  • DOI : 10.14519/kjot.2020.28.4.05
  • Publisher : Korean Society Of Occupational Therapy
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Working Therapeutics
  • Received : August 7, 2020
  • Accepted : September 1, 2020
  • Published : December 30, 2020

Woo Ji Hee ORD ID 1

1원광대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Objective: The aim of this study is to suggest improvement of assistive device and service related assistive devicefor elderly people with long-term care insurance through phenomenological study. Methods: Data were collected in semi-structured telephone interviews with 5 caregiver of elderly who have usedassistive device at least 2 years. Transcripts were analysed according to a Giorgi’s phenomenological researchmethodology. Results: The interview contents was organized into 18 meaning units, 9 sub-components and 5 components. Caregiver presented need for assistive device considering characteristics according to user’s disease: embeddingvariable option function: aging-friendly assistive device and assistive device reducing caregiver’s burden. Withregard to service related assistive device, they suggested the need for the experts in charge of selection: trainingon usage to assistive device: continuity of follow-up service related assistive device. Conclusion: The results showed this study has significant implications presented that improvement on assistivedevice and service related assistive device in terms of social context effecting use of assistive device. In thefuture, it is expected that this study will be used a evidence for improvement on assistive device for elderly withlong-term care insurance. Also, will be need to develop assistive device considering needs of user and caregiver.

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