Easy Street: Efficacy of a simulated environment in geriatric rehabilitation

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SIMULATED environments have an important place in rehabilitation program development and patient treatment. The use of realistic environmental situations to assess function and to encourage independence in self-care, work, and leisure skills has long been a recognized component of the rehabilitation process. Such programs have involved several different approaches: taking patients to a shopping mall to try out their skills, simulating work activities through the use of actual tools and equipment required on the job, and practicing meal preparation and household management in a specially designated space within the rehabilitation facility.

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