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The older adult population of those in the age group 65+ is one of the fastest growing populations in the following years. This project sought to identify what barriers older adults of low socioeconomic status face when trying to access transportation to healthcare appointments. The project also sought to understand what barriers healthcare professionals saw when their senior clients tried using transportation as well as what opportunities occupational therapists have to address the barriers if any. There was a theme of disconnect which appeared between healthcare professionals and their senior clients across multiple healthcare disciplines. This project was able to identify the barriers seniors face as well as the role that occupational therapists can assume when working with this population. Occupational therapists are able to assume consultative roles as well as address transportation with clients being discharged from inpatient care.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Older adults, occupational therapy, disconnect, low socioeconomic status, seniors
Medical Subject Headings
Health Care Services Accessibility, Inpatients, Transportation, Occupational Therapy, Aged, Humans
Geriatrics | Occupational Therapy | Transportation
Barajas, Y., MacDermott, S., & Orozco Arteaga, J. (2022, August 11). Transportation as a Barrier to Healthcare Access for Older Adults of Low Socioeconomic Status. Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. Retrieved from https://soar.usa.edu/otdcapstonessummer2022/5