Designing for ageing in place
by Dr Naseem Ahmadpour
In recent years an emphasis has been put on promoting aging in place. The number of Australians who prefer to stay in their homes, as they get older or chose to other types of independent living such as residential or retirement villages is growing. In our current research, we study the determinants of the quality of life, wellbeing and satisfaction across various types of housing for older Australians and make design recommendations for enhancing the quality of life of the residents. Unfortunately, research falls short in linking those findings into tangible characteristics that could be used for the design of the built environments. Given that these environments are the product of design efforts, it is important to find a framework and method for translating those research outcomes, often described in subjective terms, into designed elements and characteristics.