Article | Proceedings of the Sustaining Everyday Life Conference: April 22–24 2009; Campus Norrköping; Sweden | Participatory Design as a Prerequisite for Safer Living Environments for the Elderly

Title:
Participatory Design as a Prerequisite for Safer Living Environments for the Elderly
Author:
Valentina Santi: Dept. of Architecture, Venice University, Italy
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Year:
2009
Conference:
Proceedings of the Sustaining Everyday Life Conference: April 22–24 2009; Campus Norrköping; Sweden
Issue:
038
Article no.:
007
Pages:
59-72
No. of pages:
14
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2010-11-05
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


The steady increase in the number of elderly people in Italy and difficulties encountered in the management of the social and health services have led to such increased use of the Home Care Service that more specialised care is required.

This highlights the fact that many houses are not equipped to ensure either the safety or the wellbeing of older residents; since they have not been adapted to cater for the changes brought about by old age. A study made in Florence looked at modifications made to the houses of elderly people suffering from the first stages of Alzheimers disease. The aim of the study was to provide tools that the elderly themselves or family members could utilise to check the adequacy of their living environments; and to make changes with or without the support of an architect. A methodology was developed for managing the participation of users (in this case the elderly residents; families; visitors; and caregivers) in the remodelling process of the housing. The study was conducted through interviews; questionnaires and focus groups. Positive aspects of the participatory process are explained; as well as the difficulties encountered.

Proceedings of the Sustaining Everyday Life Conference: April 22–24 2009; Campus Norrköping; Sweden

Author:
Valentina Santi
Title:
Participatory Design as a Prerequisite for Safer Living Environments for the Elderly
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Proceedings of the Sustaining Everyday Life Conference: April 22–24 2009; Campus Norrköping; Sweden

Author:
Valentina Santi
Title:
Participatory Design as a Prerequisite for Safer Living Environments for the Elderly
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