Making Change Happen
Acknowledging and accepting the need for living space modifications involves four stages of behavior change.
Stage 1: Pre-Contemplative/Unaware
Individuals are not interested in change and do not see the need to change. They have no intention of doing anything differently.
- This group tends to avoid information, discussion or even thinking about change and the need for it.
- At this stage, it is useless to attempt modifications.
Stage 2: Contemplative
People start to think about the possible need for changes.
- They recognize there is a problem and that they can and should do something.
- There may be a trigger event, such as a worsening of a person’s balance and/or a bad fall.
- At this stage, people are very open to information, options and specific strategies.
Stage 3: Action
People in this stage make real changes or modifications.
Stage 4: Maintaining
By this stage, people are working to consolidate any changes in their behavior, to maintain the “new” status quo and prevent a worsening of their condition. Praise and positive reinforcement are important.
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