Experiences of mobility device use over time: A multiple case study among very old Latvian women

Signe Tomsone (Coresponding Author), Maria Haak, Charlotte Löfqvist

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Aim: To explore the experiences over time of using mobility devices (MDs) among very old women in the context of everyday life in Latvia. Methods: This study utilized a multiple case-study design that employed an explanatory mixed-methods approach. A combination of quantitative survey data on home and health and qualitative interview data for each participant were used to create three narratives to describe the experiences of MD use in everyday life over time, followed by a cross-case analysis. Results: The three cases illustrate that very old women accept and use MDs due to walking difficulties and related needs. Over time, functional decline combined with physical environmental barriers and changes in their social networks limited the supportive role that available MDs could offer these women. Conclusions: The findings contribute to the understanding of the complexity of MD use in everyday life among very old women in Latvia and the need for different kinds of MDs. These findings illustrate the importance of considering the interaction between peoples everyday life situation and their physical environment for their optimal use of MDs. This is important information for policy-makers who can optimize the services for old people in Latvia and support the need for occupational therapists professional competence for the planning and development of MD provision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-78
Number of pages12
JournalScandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2016


  • Ageing
  • assistive technology
  • everyday life
  • mixed methods
  • occupational therapy

Field of Science*

  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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