The Building Infrastructure and Home Care
2007 (English)In: Safety Science Monitor, ISSN 1443-8844, Vol. 11, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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
buildings, infrastructure, facilities management, home care
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6883OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-6883DiVA: diva2:11720
QC 201008092007-03-132007-03-132011-08-15Bibliographically approved