Moore, KJ and Hill, KD and Robinson, AL and Haines, TP and Haralambous, B and Nitz, JC, The state of physical environments in Australian residential aged care facilities, Australian Health Review, 35, (4) pp. 412-417. ISSN 0156-5788 (2011) [Refereed Article]
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Objective. This paper examines the quality and safety of the physical environment in Australian residential aged care facilities (RACFs).
Design. Cross-sectional study. One assessor completed environmental audits to identify areas of the physical environment that needed to be addressed to improve the wellbeing and safety of residents.
Setting. Nine RACFs participating in a broader falls prevention project were audited. RACFs were located in Queensland, Tasmania or Victoria and were chosen by convenience to represent high level, low level, dementia and psychogeriatric care, regional and metropolitan facilities, small and large facilities and a culturally specific facility.
Main outcome measure. An environmental audit tool was adapted from a tool designed to foster older person friendly hospital environments. The tool consisted of 147 items.
Results. Across all sites 450 items (34%) required action. This ranged from 21 to 44% across sites. The audit domains most commonly requiring action included signage, visual perception and lighting, and outdoor areas.Conclusions. Although not representative of all residential facilities in Australia, this audit process has identified common environmental problems across a diverse mix of residential care facilities. Results highlight the need for further investigation into the quality of physical environments, and interventions to improve physical environments in Australian RACFs.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||physical environment in Australian residential aged care facilities|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Health services and systems|
|Research Field:||Health care administration|
|Objective Group:||Evaluation of health and support services|
|Objective Field:||Evaluation of health outcomes|
|UTAS Author:||Robinson, AL (Professor Andrew Robinson)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||8|
|Deposited By:||Health Sciences B|
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