The concept of home, a prevalent element of place-based theory, is complex and
multifaceted. While difficult to define, the home environment is a critical aspect of
physical, social, and psychological well-being, especially among older adults. A
continued theoretical focus on aging-in-place, however, stymies the understanding of
meaning of home within other types of senior housing environments. As a result, the
literature surrounding the transition from independent to supportive housing in the
context of environmental meaning and personal impact is lacking.
The purpose of this study was to describe the experience of residential change from
independent to assisted living and subsequent influence upon older adults’ perception of
home and self. This research aims to define concepts and identify relationships to further
the development of theory in explaining the meaning of home for older adults over time
and circumstance. In addition, the study is designed to generate implications for design,
policy, and research to minimize negative impacts and support transitions between independent living and assisted living for older adults.
University of Minnesota M.S. thesis. July 2010. Major: Design. Advisors: Dr. Marilyn Bruin, Dr. Marlene Stum, Dr. Becky Yust. 1 computer file (PDF); viii, 124 pages, appendices A-D. Ill. (some col.)
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