—They responded this study compared the elderly people’s perception of the room environment in their own home with those in two nursing homes whether the environment conveyed a homely feeling to a different extent or not. The two nursing homes were Sawangkanivet nursing home and BanBangkae social welfare development center for older persons. The room environment in focus included the size and ceiling height of the room and the furniture and house ware arrangement. The sample group consisted of 60 elderly people, 30 from each nursing home, with an average age of 75 years. They responded to items in a questionnaire regarding the
degree of their following feelings towards or evoked by the room environment general positive and negative feelings; feeling of privacy; and feeling of freedom. Their responses were analyzed statistically, by t-test and ANOVA, to compare the extent of the homely feeling they experienced in their own home with those in the two nursing homes. The results of the analysis indicated that, overall, the elderly people experienced significantly more homely feeling in their own home compared to what they experienced in the two nursing home. The findings from this study can be useful for designing better nursing home and new government policy on nursing home.
—Perception of room environment, home, Nursing home, elderly people.
The authors are with the Department of Multidisciplinary Design Research, Faculty of Architecture, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com).
Cite: Ariya Atthawuttikul and Nopadon Sahachaisaeree, "Comparison of Elderly People’s Perception of Homely Feeling towards Room Environment in Their Own Home and in Two Nursing Homes in Thailand," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 6, no. 11, pp. 865-868, 2016.