Care-home environments and well-being : identifying the design features that most affect older residents
Burton, Elizabeth J. and Sheehan, Bart. (2010) Care-home environments and well-being : identifying the design features that most affect older residents. Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, Volume 27 (Number 3). pp. 237-256. ISSN 0738-0895Full text not available from this repository.
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The physical environment has been shown to influence the quality of life and well-being of older people in care homes, but little is known about the role of individual design features. This paper presents the findings of a year-long U.K. study funded by the Department of Health and carried out jointly by researchers at Oxford Brookes University and the University of Warwick. The overall aim of the research was to identify the aspects of care-home design that appear to have the greatest influence on the wellbeing of older residents. The research is an explorative study of residents' perceptions based on qualitative, semi-structured personal interviews with 81 residents in 20 care homes in Oxfordshire and Coventry. Like previous studies, our findings confirm that views of nature and greenery are important, but the findings also suggest that open-plan layouts and practical, easily accessible design are influential.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Engineering
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Health and Social Studies
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Old age homes -- Designs and plans, Long-term care facilities -- Designs and plans, Architecture -- Human factors, Interior architecture -- Psychological aspects, Older people -- Institutional care|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Architectural and Planning Research|
|Publisher:||Locke Science Publishing Company, Inc.|
|Page Range:||pp. 237-256|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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