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ERIC Number: EJ769194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0714-9808
Evaluating "The Safe Living Guide": A Home Hazard Checklist for Seniors
Sorcinelli, Andrea; Shaw, Lynn; Freeman, Andrew; Cooper, Kim
Canadian Journal on Aging, v26 n2 p127-137 Sum 2007
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the utility and reliability of a home hazard checklist published in Health Canada, "The Safe Living Guide: A Guide to Home Safety for Seniors" (2003). Methods: 76 community-dwelling seniors evaluated the guide, and inter-rater reliability was determined through comparison of ratings of seniors and experts. Results: Findings revealed that seniors found "The Safe Living Guide" useful in helping them identify hazards. On the majority of items in the checklist, agreement between raters was "moderate" to "almost perfect," with an overall reliability of 0.509. Practice Implications: This guide can be used with confidence by seniors and community-based caregivers for evaluating hazards and identifying opportunities in order to support and prolong safe, independent living in the community. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada