The purpose of this study was to analyse the effects of residential facilities’ design features on older adults’ psychosocial responses. Participants (N = 192) were over 65-year-old residents who were randomly exposed to different experimental scenarios concerning a hypothetical residential facility for older adults, using a 3 × 2 between-subjects design (i.e. home-like vs. hotel-like vs. usual-standard architectural style; presence vs. absence of green spaces). After the experimental session, participants were asked to fill in a questionnaire that measured their attitudes towards short- and long-term relocation, anticipated residential satisfaction with the facility, and feelings of broken home attachment. The results showed (1) more positive responses to “home-like” and “hotel-like” architectural styles than the usual-standard type and (2) the positive impact of green spaces on the assessment of the facilities. These design features should thus play a role in both reducing the stressful impact of leaving home and promoting beneficial patterns, hence fostering “successful ageing”.

Architectural style and green spaces predict older adults’ evaluations of residential facilities

CERINA, VERONICA;FORNARA, FERDINANDO
;
MANCA, SARA
2017-01-01

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to analyse the effects of residential facilities’ design features on older adults’ psychosocial responses. Participants (N = 192) were over 65-year-old residents who were randomly exposed to different experimental scenarios concerning a hypothetical residential facility for older adults, using a 3 × 2 between-subjects design (i.e. home-like vs. hotel-like vs. usual-standard architectural style; presence vs. absence of green spaces). After the experimental session, participants were asked to fill in a questionnaire that measured their attitudes towards short- and long-term relocation, anticipated residential satisfaction with the facility, and feelings of broken home attachment. The results showed (1) more positive responses to “home-like” and “hotel-like” architectural styles than the usual-standard type and (2) the positive impact of green spaces on the assessment of the facilities. These design features should thus play a role in both reducing the stressful impact of leaving home and promoting beneficial patterns, hence fostering “successful ageing”.
2017
Architectural style; Attitude towards relocation; Green space; Home attachment; Older adults’ residential satisfaction; Health (social science); Geriatrics and Gerontology
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