An Intervention to Help Older Adults Maintain Independence Safely

Lawrence H. Ganong, Marilyn Coleman, Jacquelyn J. Benson, Linley A. Snyder-Rivas, James D. Stowe, Eileen J. Porter

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Older adults who live alone are at risk for problems (e.g., falling, sudden illness). To maintain themselves safely at home they may benefit from planning to prevent problems. The purpose of this study was to evaluate an intervention designed to train family members or friends as to how to help older adults who were living alone make plans to maintain independence safely in their homes and to make behavioral and household changes to enhance safety. Support network members of 19 older adults randomly assigned to the intervention group were taught to use multiple segment vignettes to assist the older adults in creating plans for living safely. Older adults in the control group (n = 21) were asked to engage in an unstructured discussion about home safety with their network members. Older adults in the intervention group developed safer plans and made more household and behavioral changes than did control group adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-170
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Family Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2013


  • family intervention
  • household safety
  • intervention
  • older adults
  • vignettes


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