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Facilities Management and Care at Home
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
(English)Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Abstract [en]

Today people are living longer and continue to be active late into life. In the industrialized world the "aging in place" philosophy has developed wich means that more nursing and care takes place in the home.

When the home becomes the centre for medical treatment and care the need arises to study how this influences facilities management and how, in turn, the medical service and care for the elderly is affected by the facilities management. Home care management indicates a need for cooperation between nursing, caring and facilities management.

This study is a qualitative study based on 10 projects over all Sweden. The projects where dealing with ICT for elderly and within the areas of memory support, communication and safety and security.

The results show that the interaction between the care provider and the facilities management is undeveloped and the responsibilities for the complete care chain passing through the building are unclear. The infrastructure of the buildings is in change but this is not reflected in the many different projects. There is for example a strong movement towards an IP-based infrastructure carrying telephone- and data communications plus TV  in the same cable (triple play). This influences the function of traditional safety alarm for elderly with the result that they will not work properly.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1-13 p.
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6881OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-6881DiVA: diva2:11718
Note
QS 20120328Available from: 2007-03-13 Created: 2007-03-13 Last updated: 2012-03-28Bibliographically approved
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1. Facilities Management and Health Care at Home
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2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

The topic of this thesis is the new requirements that will be put upon the facilities management when the elderly are living longer in their own homes, in spite of illness, impairment and old age. For many reasons, especially demographic ones, this issue has come to the fore and since it has substantial political impact and considerably affects our living conditions, it will most certainly appear on the agenda of most Swedish housing companies in the near future.

The growing number of inhabitants in need of care and rehabilitation is a current subject in many countries of the industrial world. More medical conditions can be treated, but often at an ever increasing cost. Care and housing are often interlinked and more interest is being paid to the possibility of offering care to elderly in their own homes.

This development must lead to a discussion of the home as a hospital ward from time to time, and the demands it places on facilities management and security. So far the prospects of telecare services and "Smart homes" has been very little discussed in parallel, although in many aspects they share the same technological base.

The principal interest of the housing companies is to find a role in accordance with their mainstream business, and at the same time co-operate with other municipal actors directly in charge of offering assistance and service. There has been only limited study and research into the complex interaction between technology, home-based social service and the housing company.

The purpose here is to develop an understanding of the requirements placed on both the housing company and the CP when a tenant is to be subjected to minor and more extensive care at home, or suffers from an illness or an impairment which requires special equipment or technical adjustment in the home. A model to interpret this situation has been developed in this thesis.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2007. iv, 86 p.
Series
Trita-STH : report, ISSN 1653-3836 ; 2007:1
Keyword
facilities management, elderly, cognitive impairment
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4306 (URN)978-91-7178-593-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2007-03-28, Sal F3, KTH, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 14:00
Opponent
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Note
QC 20100806Available from: 2007-03-13 Created: 2007-03-13 Last updated: 2010-10-04Bibliographically approved

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