Built up or special utensils
Cane walker, crutches
Raised toilet seat, bathtub seat, bathtub bar
Long handled appliances in bathroom
Long handled appliances for reach
Jar opener (for jars previously opened.
Devices written in the "Other" sections or notes written next to any component questions are considered if they would be used for any of the stated categories. Permanent adaptations of the person's environment (e.g., changing faucets in the bathroom or kitchen, using Velcro closures on clothing) should also be counted as aids and devices.
In the ARAMIS experience, very few patients have reported other items, and when they have, it has usually been either a duplicate of an aid or device already on the list or they have listed something that does not count (e.g., a wrist splint). Thus, it is acceptable to exclude the "Other" option if desired.
Scoring AIDS OR DEVICES or help companion variables:
1. When there are NO aids or devices or help indicated for a category, the category's score is not modified.
2. When aids or devices and/or help ARE indicated by the patient, the score for the category item is raised from a 0 or 1 to a 2, but if the patient's highest score for that sub-category is a 3, it stays a 3.
The assignment of devices to particular disability categories assumes that the devices are used only for their intended purposes, such that if a patient indicates that he/she uses a cane, it is presumed that they use the cane as an aid in walking. However, it is possible for that patient to use the cane as an aid in performing other activities. For example, the patient may check off the cane listed at the bottom of the page (or write "cane" under the "other" slot) and then write a little note in the margin stating that the cane is also used on a regular basis as an aid in helping them rise out of a chair and to rise off of the toilet. In such a case, the variables should be coded as "1" to reflect the patient's use of a cane in these three areas of daily functioning. If unsure whether the patient is using one of the devices specified above for the purpose for which it is designed, the patient should be called for clarification of specific uses.
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