2019 Volume 38 Issue 1 Pages 37-44
Activities of daily living (ADL) performance among stroke patients after the convalescent period have been known to decrease gradually, indicating that stroke patients before discharge from the convalescent ward might have the highest ADL performance. ADL performance among chronic stroke patients is related to daily living space, instrumental ADL performance, and quality of life. However, the relationship between ADL performance and these factors among stroke patients before discharge from the convalescent ward is unclear. The aim of the present study was to compare and analyze FIM scores among stroke patients before and after discharge from the convalescent ward. Results indicate that FIM mobility items were significantly decreased (p<0.05), and the sole determinant factor of change in FIM score was daily living space. The present study demonstrated that encouraging an increase in daily living space might contribute to maintaining or improving ADL performance after discharge from the convalescent ward.