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Architectural Design for Care of the Most Frail and Old in Assisted Living in Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5295-2482
2010 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This is a presentation of an 18 months ethnographic research project in an assisted living facility in Sweden. Results showed that the residents’ private bedrooms have increased in importance since the residents stay daily 15 hours or more in these rooms due to frailty and long-term conditions. Swedish laws state that care to older people should be individualized. It is desirable that care to some extent is located in the persons’ private bedrooms in order to be adapted to the frail individual’s needs and abilities. Assisted living in Sweden is legally on par with ordinary housing. From this follows that care should contribute to a full life of the individual. Private bedrooms in assisted living in Sweden are often small and dull. This presentation aims to discuss what architectural qualities the private bedroom should preferably have in order to make possible a meaningful day for the most frail and old people.

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architecture, asssited living, design, bed-sitting room
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Architectural Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-66170OAI: diva2:402033
Gerontological Society of America's 63th Annual Scientific Meeting
Available from: 2011-03-04 Created: 2011-03-04 Last updated: 2015-04-22

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