Perceived safety in extra-care housing for senior residents
Journal article, 2018

Extra-care housing (ECH) is a new housing model in Sweden, falling in between ordinary homes and sheltered housing. The perception of safety among residents living in ECH was explored with the use of in-depth interviews (n = 28, on average 83 years old). A qualitative thematic analysis resulted in a model of perceived safety in the housing environment consisting of four themes: being able to manage on my own; a safe social context; being able to stay; and protection and safety. The model can be used for information, planning, and development of ECH in general.

in-depth interviews

Perceived safety

senior residents

housing environment

extra-care housing


Lisbeth Lindahl

The Göteborg Region Association of Local Authorities (GR)

Morgan Andersson

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Design

Jan Paulsson

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering

Journal of Housing for the Elderly

0276-3893 (ISSN) 1540353x (eISSN)

Vol. 32 1 58-72

Subject Categories

Architectural Engineering

Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)


Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance

Building Futures (2010-2018)


Basic sciences



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