Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
The Building Infrastructure and Home Care
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB. KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Design, Work Environment, Safety and Health, DASH.
2007 (English)In: Safety Science Monitor, ISSN 1443-8844, Vol. 11, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Puropse - To discus the importance of the facilities management in Home Care service.

Design/methodology/approach - A case study of a project where new assistive technolgy was used to improve the security for elderly in Home Care service.

Findings - The infrastructure of a multi-story building is of vital importance for the delivery chain of Home Care. The care provider is depending on the functionality of the communication network in the home to sustain the care during the time of "care absence" from the tenatn or the patient.

Research limitations/implications - The study is performed in Sweden on one sample. The sample is from a project performed by a Home Service agency. In the project 142 elderly people living in their own homes were included in a test of a new safety alarm system. Further research must be performed to identify how care and medical treatment could interact with the facilities management in order to provide safe and secure health care in the home.

Practical implications - It is important for the facilitiesmanagement to be aware of the fact that more and more advanced medical care will be given in peoples own homes. The infrastructure in the buildings is of vital importance for such activities. The facilities manager should take a more active part in the developement of home care.

Value of paper - This is a new area of research. The realtion between the facilities management and the care provider in home care is mostly unknown tho the professional within the facilities management but is of high importance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 11, no 1
Keyword [en]
buildings, infrastructure, facilities management, home care
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6883OAI: diva2:11720
QC 20100809Available from: 2007-03-13 Created: 2007-03-13 Last updated: 2011-08-15Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Facilities Management and Health Care at Home
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Facilities Management and Health Care at Home
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.
Trita-STH : report, ISSN 1653-3836 ; 2007:1
facilities management, elderly, cognitive impairment
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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
QC 20100806Available from: 2007-03-13 Created: 2007-03-13 Last updated: 2010-10-04Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

The Building Infrastructure and Home Care(87 kB)117 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 87 kBChecksum SHA-512
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Safety Science Monitor

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Lundberg, Stefan
By organisation
Centre for Health and Building, CHBDesign, Work Environment, Safety and Health, DASH

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 117 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 113 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link