Later the KELS was assessed and adapted for a geriatric population. The purpose of this study was to determine the validity of the KELS with elderly individuals living in the community in Israel. The subjects included 92 elderly people living in the community, in protected housing facilities for the elderly, and those living in the community and attending day care. The KELS was also found to be highly sensitive to the differences between all three groups, supporting construct validity. Furthermore, the KELS was found to be more sensitive to these differences than the other instruments used in the study.
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Later the KELS was assessed and adapted for a geriatric population. The purpose of this study was to determine the validity of the KELS with elderly individuals living in the community in Israel. The subjects included 92 elderly people living in the community, in protected housing facilities for the elderly, and those living in the community and attending day care. The KELS was also found to be highly sensitive to the differences between all three groups, supporting construct validity.
Furthermore, the KELS was found to be more sensitive to these differences than the other instruments used in the study. In conclusion, the results show the KELS to be valid and appropriate for use by occupational therapists with the Israeli elderly population, similar to the US population. The study's small sample size limits the generalizability of the findings. It is recommended that further research be done on the KELS with larger and more diverse elderly populations.
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Kohlman Evaluation of Living Skills
The Kohlman Evaluation of Living Skills KELS is an interview and task performance test initially developed for adolescents and adults in short-term psychiatric settings. Later, the KELS was used with the geriatric population as well as persons with mental retardation, brain injury, and other cognitive impairment. It is designed to be a rapidly and easily administered standardized tool to evaluate both basic and instrumental activities of daily living. The KELS assesses 17 living skills grouped into five major categories of self-care, safety and health, money management, transportation and telephone, and work and leisure Thomson, Time required for evaluation is 30—45 min. The first item of the KELS is based on observation and the other 16 are either performance- or interview-based. If clients are unable to perform a task, an interview can be substituted for some but not all items.
Setting: Participants' homes. Interventions: In-home comprehensive assessment. Conclusions: This study demonstrated the convergent validity of KELS with a battery of cognitive, affective, executive, and functional measures often used to determine older adults' ability to live safely and independently in the community. KELS may be a valid and pragmatic alternative to screen for the capacity to live safely and independently among older adults.
AOTA is working on a solution. Easily administered and appropriate for use with many populations and in many settings, this versatile assessment assists in identifying areas in which a person can perform and where he or she needs assistance. The tool is helpful with many other populations and in many settings, including. KELS tests 13 living skills in five areas: 1 self-care, 2 safety and health, 3 money management, 4 community mobility and telephone, and 5 employment and leisure participation. Administration combines interview questions and tasks and is easy to learn. It can be administered in a short period of time, usually in approximately 45 minutes. In this edition, safety photos have been updated, and electronic banks and electronic devices are included on the flash drive.