Factors Influencing the Use of Mobility Technology in Community-Based Long-Term Care

Emily M. Agree, Vicki A. Freedman, Manisha Sengupta

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Objectives: This article adapts a framework commonly used to model personal long-term care services to examine factors influencing the use of mobility-related assistive devices, both in isolation and in combination with personal care. Methods: The authors analyze data from Phase 2 of the 1994-1995 National Health Interview Survey Disability. Supplements to compare predictors of equipment use with those for personal care and rank the probabilities of using particular combinations according to health needs, access, and personal and family characteristics. Results: The authors find that underlying health needs are the dominant factor related to the type of care arrangement used. The typical person with a mobility-related disability is most likely to use equipment alone; only at younger ages or at greater levels of severity are other arrangements expected to dominate. Discussion: Research on the dynamic acquisition process, with attention to age an trajectories of disability severity, is needed to fully understand the integration of technology and personal care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-307
Number of pages41
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2004


  • Assistive technology
  • Disability
  • Long-term care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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