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Comparison of facilities management in private domestic buildings among different elderly groups in Hong Kong

Mei-yung Leung (Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Ibukun Oluwadara Famakin (Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Khursheed Ahmed (Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong)

Facilities

ISSN: 0263-2772

Article publication date: 8 May 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

Personal characteristics, such as age, marital status, education level and gender, vary among elderly residents in residential apartments. These characteristics may influence the elderly residents’ satisfaction with the facilities provided in their residential apartments. To ensure appropriate facilities management (FM) items are provided for the different categories of elderly people, it is necessary to understand their basic needs. Therefore, this paper aims to compare the satisfaction with FM items among elderly people with different personal characteristics in private domestic (PD) buildings.

Design/methodology/approach

A questionnaire survey was conducted among elderly people with different personal characteristics in PD buildings to collect information about their levels of satisfaction with FM items. A total of 41 FM items and four characteristics of the elderly, namely, age, gender, marital status and education, were identified in this study.

Findings

The result shows that satisfaction with natural daylight was significantly different among elderly people of different genders, while the one-way between-groups ANOVA indicate that satisfaction with the size of bedrooms, turning spaces at doors, temperature in bathrooms and/or toilets, colour, accessibility and ease of closing or opening the doors were significantly different among elderly people belonging to different age groups and of different marital status and education level.

Originality/value

Designers and private developers are therefore recommended to increase the sizes of bedrooms, install windows on opposite sides of walls in the flats and ensure there is an adequate light reflection ratio for wall and floor colours, to accommodate elderly people’s special characteristics.

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Acknowledgements

The work described in this paper was fully supported by a grant from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (Project No. CityU 115113).

Citation

Leung, M.-y., Famakin, I.O. and Ahmed, K. (2018), "Comparison of facilities management in private domestic buildings among different elderly groups in Hong Kong", Facilities, Vol. 36 No. 7/8, pp. 386-402. https://doi.org/10.1108/F-01-2017-0009

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