The Effects of an Education Program on Home Renovation for Fall Prevention of Korean Older People

Miseon Jang, Yeunsook Lee

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Abstract

This study aims to verify the effects of an education program on home renovation for fall prevention among older people, more specifically fall efficacy and home renovation intentions. A quasiexperimental study with nonequivalent control and comparative groups was conducted to demonstrate the effects of the education. A total of 51 older people participated, and fall efficacy and behavioral intentions towards home renovation were measured twice, before and after the education, by survey and in-depth interview. After the education, the fall efficacy of the experimental group had increased more than that of the control and comparative groups. In terms of the behavioral intention towards home renovation, a considerable proportion of the experimental group showed actual behavioral changes in housing improvements; for instance, repairing handrails on staircases or applying antislip spray to their bathroom. The results demonstrate that the provision of appropriate education could be used as a crucial intervention for fall prevention because it can encourage confidence and preventive behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)653-669
Number of pages17
JournalEducational Gerontology
Volume41
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sep 2

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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