Research Project: Evaluating design quality and its impact on quality of life and care for older persons living in nursing homes

Project leader
Marie Elf
Project Members
Kevin McKee
Susanna Nordin
Lena von Koch, KI
Helle Wijk, Sahlgrenska Akademin
Project Period
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The environment is increasingly recognized as important in the care of older people, and design is generally regarded as a therapeutic resource for promoting well-being and functionality. The concept of supportive environments suggests that there is a balance between the older person’s capability and the demands posed by the environment. It provides a substitute for loss of function, is adjustable for the use of mobility aids, adaptable to accommodate the needs of its users, and safe by being protective, not restrictive with relevance for time for treatment, pharmacological needs and experience of stress among the residents as well as among family members and staff. The proposed study addresses the lack of research on the relationships between the quality of the physical design in terms of architecture, sounds, coloring and lightning, and the quality of life, safety, and care provided, in nursing home facilities. 1-3 Important questions are how can the design quality of nursing home facilities be validly measured? Is there a relationship between the quality of the design and the quality of life of the residents? Does the design of the physical environment have an impact on the quality of the care provided, and staff morale?
Fysisk vårdmiljö, design kvalitet, äldreboende, person-centrerad vård, Healthcare environment, physical environment, elderly care, person-centred care
Research Profile
Health and Social Welfare