Picture your nursing home: Exploring the sense of home of older residents through photography

van Hoof, J.; Verhagen, M. M; Wouters, E. J. M.; Marston, H. R.; Rijnaard, M. D. and Janssen, B. M. (2015). Picture your nursing home: Exploring the sense of home of older residents through photography. Journal of Aging Research, 2015, article no. 312931.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/312931


The quality of the built environment can impact the quality of life and the sense of home of nursing home residents. This study investigated (1) which factors in the physical and social environment correlate with the sense of home of the residents and (2) which environmental factors are most meaningful. Twelve participants engaged in a qualitative study, in which photography was as a supportive tool for subsequent interviews. The data were analysed based on the six phases by Braun and Clarke. The four themes identified are (1) the physical view; (2) mobility and accessibility; (3) space, place, and personal belongings; and (4) the social environment and activities. A holistic understanding of which features of the built environment are appreciated by the residents can lead to the design and retrofitting of nursing homes that are more in line with personal wishes.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 44769
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 2090-2212
  • Project Funding Details
  • Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
    Not SetNot SetActiviteitenplan Brabant Medical School (BMS)
    Not SetNot SetStichting Promotie Installatietechniek (PIT)
    Not SetNot SetFontys Denk Groter Prijs
    Not Set01-05PRAAK (Regional Attention and Action for Knowledge)
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
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  • © 2015 The Authors
  • Depositing User
  • Hannah Marston