The impact of the physical environment for caregiving in ordinary housing: Experiences of staff in home- and health-care services
Journal article, 2021

The strong driving forces for ageing in place demand sustainable solutions for the housing and care of older people and the health and safety of home- and health-care staff. The aim of the study was to elucidate staff experiences of providing home- and health-care to older people living in ordinary housing. This study was part of a larger project investigating the relation between home design and conditions for care in ordinary housing. The data were gathered through focus group interviews with staff in home- and health-care. Three main themes were found according to staff experiences of particular rooms’ sizes and proportions, spatial configurations, and aspects to consider when designing new housing. This study contributes important knowledge about essential features of the physical environment for staff providing home- and health-care for older people in their own homes and to aid the development of functionally sustainable housing to minimise injuries to staff.

Working environment

Ordinary housing

Older people


Cecilia Pettersson

Örebro University

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Design

Martin Nilsson

City of Gothenburg

C A Morgan Andersson

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering

Helle Wijk

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Design

University of Gothenburg

Applied Ergonomics

0003-6870 (ISSN)

Vol. 92 103352

Subject Categories

Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy


Gerontology, specialising in Medical and Health Sciences





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