Reflections on Cross-Cultural Comparison of the Impact of Housing Modification/Adaptation* for Supporting Older People at Home: A Discussion

Peace, Sheila and Darton, Robin (2020). Reflections on Cross-Cultural Comparison of the Impact of Housing Modification/Adaptation* for Supporting Older People at Home: A Discussion. Journal of Aging and Environment (Early Access).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/26892618.2020.1743513

Abstract

Home modification or adaptation is an important global issue, especially for older people living with disabilities in ordinary housing of varying ages, and pre-dating concerns about accessibility in design. Comparisons of research from five developed nations identify common themes: variation in integrated service development; public and private financial investment; deferred health costs; workforce expansion and training; and the value of the user perspective. Further discussion identifies the importance of retrofitting alongside new build, and argues for sustainable housing that recognizes population aging but also issues of climate change and the need for more inclusive design of housing for all ages.

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