Aspects of housing and perceived health among ADL independent and ADL dependent groups of older people in three national samples

Tomsone, Signe, Horstmann, Vibeke, Oswald, Frank and Iwarsson, Susanne (2013) Aspects of housing and perceived health among ADL independent and ADL dependent groups of older people in three national samples. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, 25 3: 317-328. doi:10.1007/s40520-013-0050-9


Author Tomsone, Signe
Horstmann, Vibeke
Oswald, Frank
Iwarsson, Susanne
Title Aspects of housing and perceived health among ADL independent and ADL dependent groups of older people in three national samples
Journal name Aging Clinical and Experimental Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1720-8319
1720-8319
Publication date 2013-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s40520-013-0050-9
Volume 25
Issue 3
Start page 317
End page 328
Total pages 12
Place of publication Milan, Italy
Publisher Editrice Kurtis
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aims Good housing solutions are important for the ageing population in order to promote health and maintain functional ability. The objective of this study was to investigate whether and how objective and perceived aspects of housing were related to perceived health among ADL independent and ADL dependent groups of older, single-living people within three national samples.
Methods The current study was based on national samples (German, n = 450; Latvian, n = 303; Swedish, n = 397) from the European ENABLE-AGE Project, using data on ADL dependence, perceived health, objective and perceived aspects of housing. Descriptive statistics, correlations and multivariate ordinal regression models were used to analyze the data.
Results The participants in the ADL dependent groups generally were older, had more functional limitations and perceived their health as poorer compared to ADL independent groups. With regard to perceived housing, usability as well as meaning of home indicators was often lower in the ADL dependent groups, housing satisfaction was at the same level while housing-related external control beliefs were higher. The differences among the national samples were highly significant for both ADL groups, for all variables except number of outdoor environmental barriers in the ADL independent groups. The relations between perceived health on one hand and objective and perceived aspects of housing on the other show great diversities among the ADL groups and the national samples.
Conclusions The results serve to alert health care practitioners that it is important to draw attention to how older people perceive their housing situation and to the fact that different levels of functional independence demand different interventions.

Keyword Cross-national research
Housing for elderly
Perceived health
Activities of daily living
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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