Validation of housing standards addressing accessibility exploration of an activity-based approach

Helle, Tina, Iwarsson, Susanne and Brandt, Åse (2013) Validation of housing standards addressing accessibility exploration of an activity-based approach. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 1-22. doi:10.1177/0733464813503042


Author Helle, Tina
Iwarsson, Susanne
Brandt, Åse
Title Validation of housing standards addressing accessibility exploration of an activity-based approach
Journal name Journal of Applied Gerontology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0733-4648
1552-4523
Publication date 2013-09-23
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0733464813503042
Open Access Status
Start page 1
End page 22
Total pages 22
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Abstract The aim was to explore the use of an activity-based approach to determine the validity of a set of housing standards addressing accessibility. This included examination of the frequency and the extent of accessibility problems among older people with physical functional limitations who used no mobility device (n = 10) or who used a wheelchair (n = 10) or a rollator (n = 10). The setting was a kitchen designed according to present housing standards. The participants prepared lunch in the kitchen. Accessibility problems were assessed by observation and self-report. Differences between the three participant groups were examined. Performing well-known kitchen activities was associated with accessibility problems for all three participant groups, in particular those using a wheelchair. The overall validity of the housing standards examined was poor. Observing older people interacting with realistic environments while performing real everyday activities seems to be an appropriate method for assessing accessibility problems.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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