"Touching up" Communal Space of a Residential home set-ting.: A Comparative Study of Tools for Assessing Changes in the Interior Architectural Space
2011 (English)In: Journal of Housing for the Elderly, ISSN 0276-3893, E-ISSN 1540-353X, Vol. 25, no 2, 175-216 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study focuses on the interior remodeling of two Swedish residential homes for dependent seniors. A regular maintenance operation was turned into a color intervention project, and the residents stayed during the process. The aim of the study was to assess the changes in terms of supportiveness for elderly individuals with cognitive or functional impairments. The settings were evaluated prior to and after remodeling. Architecture profession method and the Therapeutic Environment Screening Survey of Nursing Homes instrument were used. The conclusion is that a supportive architecture was not achieved, due to a restraining focus on color instead of the relation between aging, color, and homeliness. On the other hand, the architecture profession method and the Therapeutic Environment Screening Survey of Nursing Homes instrument proved to be useful complementary tools for assessing interior changes in architectural space.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge , 2011. Vol. 25, no 2, 175-216 p.
interior remodeling, maintenance, residential home, architecture, TESS-NH
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-40482DOI: 10.1080/02763893.2011.571085ScopusID: 2-s2.0-79957861528OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-40482DiVA: diva2:441439
QC 201109202011-09-162011-09-162011-09-21Bibliographically approved