Objective. The aim of this qualitative study was to gain a deeper understanding of how persons with poliomyelitis sequelae manage their daily occupations in order to adapt to environmental demands. This was a study of adaptive processes and capability in everyday life.

Method. Interviews with 22 persons with poliomyelitis sequelae were content analyzed according to grounded theory.

Results. The analysis yielded 18 concepts describing adaptive strategies of participants. The strategies were arranged in six general groups: utilizing physical capability, influencing emotions, altering pattern of occupations, promoting concrete problem-solving, influencing relations, and facilitating future activities.

Conclusion. The strategies were interwoven, revealing different ways of reaching an adaptive balance in daily occupations for the present and the future.

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