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Journal of Aging Research
Volume 2015, Article ID 312931, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/312931
Research Article

Picture Your Nursing Home: Exploring the Sense of Home of Older Residents through Photography

1Centre for Healthcare and Technology (Fontys EGT), Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Dominee Theodor Fliednerstraat 2, 5631 BN Eindhoven, Netherlands
2Institute of Allied Health Professions, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Dominee Theodor Fliednerstraat 2, 5631 BN Eindhoven, Netherlands
3Section of Applied Gerontology, Institute of Nursing, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Dominee Theodor Fliednerstraat 2, 5631 BN Eindhoven, Netherlands
4Centre for Research Computing, Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, Open University, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK6 7AA, UK

Received 1 November 2014; Revised 25 March 2015; Accepted 9 April 2015

Academic Editor: Maddalena Illario

Copyright © 2015 J. van Hoof et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

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.