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Article: A qualitative and quantitative investigation of effects of indoor built environment for people with dementia in care and attention homes

TitleA qualitative and quantitative investigation of effects of indoor built environment for people with dementia in care and attention homes
Authors
KeywordsCare and attention homes
Dementia
Elderly
Indoor built environment
Quality of life
Issue Date2019
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/buildenv
Citation
Building and Environment, 2019, v. 157, p. 89-100 How to Cite?
AbstractThe demented elderly have physical, emotional and behavioral patterns that differ from those of the normal elderly, and those patterns differentiate their needs in terms of the indoor built environment (IBE). Therefore, it is essential to investigate the effects of the IBE on the quality of life (QoL) of the demented elderly. To ensure the study's reliability and validity, multiple research methods were applied, including qualitative methods (i.e., an interview) and quantitative ones (i.e., a questionnaire survey). In total, 96 demented elderly residents and 18 caregivers from eight care and attention (C&A) homes were involved in the current study. Based on the data collection, an IBE-QoL model was developed using a reliability test, correlation analysis and regression analysis. The model confirmed the following: 1) building services factors – lighting, temperature, lifts and water supply – predict demented elderly residents' physical health, psychological health, independence, activities of daily living and social relationships; and 2) supporting facilities factors – signage, finishes and furniture – also exert a positive impact on the residents' physical health, activities of daily living, social relationships and cognitive functioning. Practical recommendations are made, including that C&A homes provide access to a sky garden on each floor, label water taps with hot/cold signs, provide signage with iconic information at different strategic locations, employ color contrasting finishes in different rooms, use historical furniture, and so on. This study's results provide valuable insight into improving C&A homes' IBE in order to enhance the QoL of the demented elderly.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/272958
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2017 Impact Factor: 4.539
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 2.121

 

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dc.contributor.authorLeung, MY-
dc.contributor.authorWang, C-
dc.contributor.authorChan, IYS-
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-06T09:19:52Z-
dc.date.available2019-08-06T09:19:52Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationBuilding and Environment, 2019, v. 157, p. 89-100-
dc.identifier.issn0360-1323-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/272958-
dc.description.abstractThe demented elderly have physical, emotional and behavioral patterns that differ from those of the normal elderly, and those patterns differentiate their needs in terms of the indoor built environment (IBE). Therefore, it is essential to investigate the effects of the IBE on the quality of life (QoL) of the demented elderly. To ensure the study's reliability and validity, multiple research methods were applied, including qualitative methods (i.e., an interview) and quantitative ones (i.e., a questionnaire survey). In total, 96 demented elderly residents and 18 caregivers from eight care and attention (C&A) homes were involved in the current study. Based on the data collection, an IBE-QoL model was developed using a reliability test, correlation analysis and regression analysis. The model confirmed the following: 1) building services factors – lighting, temperature, lifts and water supply – predict demented elderly residents' physical health, psychological health, independence, activities of daily living and social relationships; and 2) supporting facilities factors – signage, finishes and furniture – also exert a positive impact on the residents' physical health, activities of daily living, social relationships and cognitive functioning. Practical recommendations are made, including that C&A homes provide access to a sky garden on each floor, label water taps with hot/cold signs, provide signage with iconic information at different strategic locations, employ color contrasting finishes in different rooms, use historical furniture, and so on. This study's results provide valuable insight into improving C&A homes' IBE in order to enhance the QoL of the demented elderly.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/buildenv-
dc.relation.ispartofBuilding and Environment-
dc.subjectCare and attention homes-
dc.subjectDementia-
dc.subjectElderly-
dc.subjectIndoor built environment-
dc.subjectQuality of life-
dc.titleA qualitative and quantitative investigation of effects of indoor built environment for people with dementia in care and attention homes-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailChan, IYS: iyschan@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityChan, IYS=rp02456-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.buildenv.2019.04.019-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85064727964-
dc.identifier.hkuros300606-
dc.identifier.volume157-
dc.identifier.spage89-
dc.identifier.epage100-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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