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Demonstrating a Model Approach to Independent Living Center-based Assistive Technology Services

Nosek MA and Krouskop TA. Demonstrating a model approach to independent living center-based assistive technology services. Assistive Technology 1995;71:48-54.


This project examined the effectiveness of an assistive technology preventive maintenance service for consumers. Sixteen independent living centers that offer mobility equipment repair services for consumers were surveyed. Thirty-seven consumers and 22 vendors supplying mobility equipment and repair services within the Houston area were interviewed. Problems identified included lack of available services to maintain mobility equipment in good working order, no centralized information and evaluation system, denials of needed equipment by third party payers, and high equipment costs. A collaborative effort between the Independent Living Research Utilization Research and Training Center on Independent Living at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research in the Texas Medical Center, and the Houston Center for Independent Living designed and implemented a model preventive maintenance service - The Wheelchair Maintenance Clinic. Evaluation after the first year of operating the clinic showed 111 service visits were delivered to 50 consumers. Consumers reported high levels of satisfaction with the service.

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