Cross-national user priorities for housing provision and accessibility — findings from the European innovAge Project

Haak, Maria, Slaug, Björn, Oswald, Frank, Schmidt, Steven M., Rimland, Joseph M., Tomsone, Signe, Ladö, Thomas, Svensson, Torbjörn and Iwarsson, Susanne (2015) Cross-national user priorities for housing provision and accessibility — findings from the European innovAge Project. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12 3: 2670-2686. doi:10.3390/ijerph120302670


Author Haak, Maria
Slaug, Björn
Oswald, Frank
Schmidt, Steven M.
Rimland, Joseph M.
Tomsone, Signe
Ladö, Thomas
Svensson, Torbjörn
Iwarsson, Susanne
Title Cross-national user priorities for housing provision and accessibility — findings from the European innovAge Project
Journal name International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1660-4601
1661-7827
Publication date 2015-03-02
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3390/ijerph120302670
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 12
Issue 3
Start page 2670
End page 2686
Total pages 17
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher MDPI AG
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract To develop an innovative information and communication technology (ICT) tool intended to help older people in their search for optimal housing solutions, a first step in the development process is to gain knowledge from the intended users. Thus the aim of this study was to deepen the knowledge about needs and expectations about housing options as expressed and prioritized by older people, people ageing with disabilities and professionals. A participatory design focus was adopted; 26 people with a range of functional limitations representing the user perspective and 15 professionals with a variety of backgrounds, participated in research circles that were conducted in four European countries. An additional 20 experts were invited as guests to the different research circle meetings. Three themes illustrating cross-national user priorities for housing provision and accessibility were identified: “Information barrier: accessible housing”, “Information barrier: housing adaptation benefits”, and “Cost barrier: housing adaptations”. In conclusion, early user involvement and identification of cross-national differences in priorities and housing options will strengthen the development of a user-friendly ICT tool that can empower older people and people with disabilities to be more active consumers regarding housing provision.
Keyword Ageing
Environment
Innovation
Housing
Accessibility
Functional capacity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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