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Assessing the safety and quality of the indoor environment of senior housing: A Swedish case study
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies. (HOUSING AND SAFETY RESEARCH GROUP)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8402-842X
2017 (English)In: Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, ISSN 1566-4910, E-ISSN 1573-7772Article in journal (Other academic) Submitted
Abstract [en]

The aims of this article are to assess the safety quality of the indoor living environment of senior housing in Hässelgården, Stockholm Municipality (Sweden’s capital), and to suggest improvement strategies. First, the physical indoor environment of older adults is examined via a fieldwork checklist devised in accordance with the principles of universal design (UD). Second, their indoor environment is assessed through a survey that includes subjective questions about seniors’ use of space, experience of falls, and safety perception. Third, the study explores whether the applications of UD in the seniors’ indoor living environment contribute to the understanding of their use of space, experience of falls, and safety perception. Fieldwork inspections and a detailed survey with residents are used as a basis for the empirical analysis. Findings indicate that the living room has the highest UD score compared with those for the kitchen and the bedroom. The elderly spend most of their time in the living room and the kitchen. A low UD score (e.g. kitchen and bedroom) is associated with a higher number of falls but not with low levels of safety perception and use of space. The article concludes with suggestions to improve housing safety of Hässelgården’s senior housing, which may also help prevent falls in the older population elsewhere.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keywords [en]
Housing design, risk of falls in older adults, Stockholm, perceived environmental safety
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-207814OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-207814DiVA, id: diva2:1098637
Note

Funder: Lars Erik LundbergScholarship Foundation

QC 20170529

Available from: 2017-05-24 Created: 2017-05-24 Last updated: 2017-05-29Bibliographically approved
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1. Ensuring elderly mobility: environmental and safety issues
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ensuring elderly mobility: environmental and safety issues
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to provide a better understanding of the issues of safe mobility ‎for the elderly population in Sweden. ‎This is achieved first by assessing the geography and patterns of ‎elderly falls at the county level and then by conducting a detailed survey with residents in senior ‎housing to investigate the relationship between indoor and/or outdoor environmental ‎characteristics and elderly safety. Safety is regarded as a multidimensional concept that ‎involves risk of falls, crime victimization and elderly people’s perception of their ‎overall safety. Using a case study approach, the study also assesses the types of outdoor places where most crimes ‎against the elderly take place and the types of places most feared by them. The study ‎adapts a set of qualitative and quantitative methods ‎to capture the nature of the phenomena; trends, patterns and frameworks that support ‎the analysis and implications of the results for both research and practice. The findings show ‎that elderly falls in Sweden vary geographically and exhibit gender, age, environmental, and socio-‎economic differences. The mobility of the older population is influenced by their ‎perceived safety in indoor and outdoor environments. Certain features of apartment layout and furniture arrangement are identified as potential causes of falls. Older adults’ ‎perception of safety exhibits a distance-decay effect from their senior housing building. Distance decay indicates that safety is deemed highest closest to their homes and decreases as the distance increases. There are indications that older adults take longer routes and increase their mobility because they are fearful at certain spots in their neighbourhood. The thesis ‎concludes with a discussion of the results and implications for both research and policy making at the local and ‎county levels. ‎

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017. p. 40
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TRITA-SOM, ISSN 1653-6126 ; 2017-01
Keywords
Elderly, safe mobility, environment
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-207794 (URN)978-91-7729-394-1 (ISBN)978-91-7729-459-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-06-13, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Sing-Sing, floor 2, KTH Campus, Stockholm, 14:00 (English)
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QC 20170602

My doctoral project was funded byLars Erik LundbergScholarship Foundation.

Available from: 2017-05-24 Created: 2017-05-24 Last updated: 2017-07-04Bibliographically approved

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