Posted: Thu, 22/12/2016 - 17:16

At the end of October we sent out an email request to SiDE Pool members with email addresses.

We asked them to complete a survey regarding their motivations for taking part in research...

Care Homes in 2013: BESiDE (Built Environment for Social Inclusion in the Digital Economy) Research

Posted: Mon, 23/09/2013 - 09:42

With the growth in the UK population of older adults, the increase in dementia related conditions and the increase in extended families living further away; the demand for care homes is projected to rise from 345,000 in 2005 to 825,000 in 2041. No one wants to live in a care home and the need to place our relatives in a care home is emotionally fraught but often the only option left to us. So making care homes more flexible, engaging and personalised is in all of our interests.

In BESiDE we have a panel of experts from architecture; design; ageing and health; computing and accessibility research and industry backgrounds working together. We are using interviews and observations combined with technological applications to better understand how the design of care homes impacts on the wellbeing, physical activity and happiness of residents. We aim to provide evidence-based research to encourage a more innovative design of care homes and improve mobility activities and social connectivity for people living in care homes.

So far, we have interviewed a range of architects and designers as well as visitors to care homes. We have talked to experts in Dundee, visited local authority care homes and the Dementia Centre at Stirling University.  We are continuing to learn from previous research into best practice and are currently analysing the common themes and issues arising from our interviews. We are very excited about this research and are motivated by the opportunity this presents to have some real world impact.