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The design of caring environments and the quality of life of older people

Barnes, S. and Design in Caring Environments Study Group, . (2002) The design of caring environments and the quality of life of older people. Ageing and Society, 22 (6). pp. 775-789. ISSN 0144-686X


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There has been little systematic research into the design of care environments for older people. This article reviews empirical studies from both the architectural and the psychological literature. It outlines the instruments that are currently available for measuring both the environment and the quality of life of older people, and it summarises the evidence on the layout of buildings, the sensory environment and the privacy of residents. The conclusion is drawn that all evidence-based design must be a compromise or dynamic and, as demands on the caring environment change over time, this compromise must be re-visited in the form of post-occupancy evaluation.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2002 Cambridge University Press. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: environment, quality of life, care settings, older people, design
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Medicine (Sheffield) > Clinical Sciences Division North (Sheffield) > Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing
The University of Sheffield > University of Sheffield Research Centres and Institutes > Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing
Depositing User: Repository Assistant
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 18:22
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X02008899
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0144686X02008899
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1512

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