TitleToward enabling winter occupations: testing a winter coat designed for older adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsGreen, S. L., J. Boger, and A. Mihailidis
JournalCanadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume78
Start Page57
Issue1
Keywordsolder adults, winter coat, winter occupations
Abstract

Background
Previous research indicates that older adults have difficulties using winter clothing, which contributes to their risk of isolation during winter. Research has also shown that a winter coat that requires less flexibility, strength, and dexterity would help support this population.

Purpose
This pilot study evaluated the measured and perceived effectiveness of a winter coat prototype that had a funnel sleeve design.

Methods
Eight older adults trialed three coats (the participant’s own coat, a coat fitted with sleeve gripper, and the prototype coat), which were evaluated though shoulder range of motion measurements and by the participant completing a survey.

Findings
Less shoulder range of motion was used to put on the prototype coat. Survey findings support range of motion data that Sleeve Gripper has limited utility.

Implications
A funnel sleeve design may require less range of motion at the shoulder compared to other coats.

URLhttp://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.2182/cjot.2011.78.1.8?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3dpubmed
DOI10.2182/cjot.2011.78.1.8