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A balanced life?
 — a consumer study of residential life in a hundred local authority old people's homes
Author(s)Sheila M Peace, Leonie A Kellaher, Dianne M Willcocks
Corporate AuthorSocial Survey Research Unit, School of Applied Social Studies and Sociology, Polytechnic of North London
PublisherSocial Survey Research Unit, Polytechnic of North London, London, 1982
Pages51 pp (Research report no 14)
KeywordsCare homes ; Local Authority Homes ; Residents [care homes] ; Care home staff ; Space needs ; Architectural design ; Attitude ; Social surveys ; United Kingdom.
AnnotationThis is a condensed version of `The residential life of old people: a study in 100 local authority homes' (1982), which examined the views of 1,000 older residents and 400 members of staff on their accommodation and physical environment. The aim was to explore the interrelationships between the social, organisational and physical environments which constitute residential life. This report describes the views of staff and residents on the public spaces (dining rooms, lounges) and private spaces (bedrooms, bathrooms) in the residential homes. The development of group living within residential care homes, and the attitudes of residents and staff toward this type of spatial arrangement is also examined. It is concluded that residential life is unbalanced because it is overwhelmingly public. The development of residential flatlets - larger and more flexible versions of single rooms - is suggested as an alternative to traditional residential living. (AKM).
Accession NumberCPA-930504019 B
ClassmarkKW: KWA: KX: QRM: R5: YB3: DP: 3F: 8

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