GUAY, Manon

Empowerment and environment research axis


819 780-2220 , 45484

Assistant Professor
School of Rehabilitation
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Université de Sherbrooke

  • Postdoctorate in Epidemiology
  • Ph.D. Clinical Sciences
  • M.Sc. Clinical Science
  • B.Sc. Occupational Therapy
Research Themes

Research Relevance

Personal care such as washing is an essential living activity. Among the elderly, the independent ability to wash and bathe can make the difference between home living and residential care. When the need for assisted washing persists, the risk of being institutionalized increases. Of all the activities of daily living, personal care and hygiene is the leading cause of age-related loss of independence. Assisted bathing requires the most hours of formal and informal home care. The bathroom also contains the most risk factors for falls and injuries - both for seniors and for their caregivers. Bathroom layout is the primary reason for consulting in community occupational therapy. Given that most specialized resources and tools available are insufficient to meet the growing demand, many Quebecers wait months, if not years, for technical aid recommendations that are adapted to their needs. Washing independently - when and how often one chooses - is fundamental to human health and dignity.

Professor Manon Guay's research program aims to:

  1. Understand the clinical and sociodemographic characteristics associated with difficulties faced by seniors, including the very elderly (90 years and older) in maintaining personal hygiene;
  2. Develop new strategies to broaden the range of tools and interventions available to improve the hygiene of the elderly and to keep them independent at home, regardless of their diagnosis, as well as to support their caregivers, be they relatives or workers.

The research programming of Prof. Guay, an occupational therapist by training, is closely tied to her clinical practice in home support with the elderly. She is involved in knowledge development and knowledge transfer to enable clinicians and policy makers to make enlightened decisions concerning the delivery of rehabilitation services with the human resources available. Prof. Guay has led research on Algo, a decision support tool intended for the members of the interdisciplinary team who are not occupational therapists, to help them select technical aids for bathing for seniors living at home.

Representative Achievements

Research Topics

Personal care and hygiene, Activities of daily living, Home adaptation, Technical aids, Home support, Knowledge transfer, Organization of services, Occupational therapy support staff

Selected Publications

Guay, M., Dubois, M.F., Corrada, M., Garant, MP., Kawas, C. (2014). Exponential Increases in the Prevalence of Disability in the Oldest Old: A Canadian National Survey. Gerontology, 60(5), 395-401.

Guay, M., Dubois, MF., Robitaille, J., Desrosiers, J. (2014). Development of Algo, a Clinical Algorithm for Non-Occupational Therapists Selecting Bathing Equipment–Développement de l’Algo, un algorithme clinique conçu l’intention du personnel non-ergothérapeute pour faciliter la sélection de l’équipement au bain. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy–Revue canadienne d’ergothérapie, 81(4), 237-246.

Guay, M., Dubois, MF., Robitaille, J., Desrosiers, J. (2014). Can home health aids using the clinical algorithm Algo choose the right bath seat for clients having a straightforward problem? Clinical Rehabilitation, 28(2), 172-82.

Guay, M. (2012). Enjeux entourant le recours au personnel auxiliaire en ergothérapie–Issues surrounding the participation of auxiliary personnel in occupational therapy, Canadian journal of occupational therapy–Revue canadienne d’ergothérapie, 79(2), 108-19.


Other Publications


Ongoing Studies as Principle Researcher

  • Sociodemographic and clinical characteristics associated with difficulty in personal care and hygiene;
  • Association between former levels of participation in physical activities or other activities around 70 years of age and the level of impairment in ADLs among those living to 90 and older, with or without dementia;
  • Integrated knowledge application method in adopting Algo for Quebec home support services;
  • Development and manufacture of a shower stretcher prototype for bathing residents safely, comfortably, and ergonomically;
  • AT-SELECT: Understanding the issues surrounding the adoption of e-decision support for the self-selection of assistive technologies by elders;
  • Is the suction grab rail a safe occupational tool for washing the elderly?
  • Initiating the knowledge transfer acquired from Algo to the public through gerontology aids.


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