Validation of Housing Standards Addressing Accessibility: Exploration of an Activity-Based Approach.

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The aim was to explore the use of an activity-based approach to determine the validity of a set of housing standards addressing accessibility. This included examination of the frequency and the extent of accessibility problems among older people with physical functional limitations who used no mobility device (n = 10) or who used a wheelchair (n = 10) or a rollator (n = 10). The setting was a kitchen designed according to present housing standards. The participants prepared lunch in the kitchen. Accessibility problems were assessed by observation and self-report. Differences between the three participant groups were examined. Performing well-known kitchen activities was associated with accessibility problems for all three participant groups, in particular those using a wheelchair. The overall validity of the housing standards examined was poor. Observing older people interacting with realistic environments while performing real everyday activities seems to be an appropriate method for assessing accessibility problems.

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  • Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)848-869
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Volume33
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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