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The impact of a refurbishment programme on older people living in sheltered housing

Zeibeda (Zeb) Sattar (Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Stephanie Wilkie (Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK) b
Jonathan Ling (Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK)

Housing, Care and Support

ISSN: 1460-8790

Article publication date: 19 August 2021

Issue publication date: 15 October 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to explore residents' perceptions of a refurbishment programme to sheltered housing schemes and its impact on their well-being.

Design/methodology/approach

The methodology draws upon a realist evaluation framework. Four participatory appraisals (PAs) and 19 interviews with residents were conducted in the sheltered housing schemes. Ages of participants ranged from 50 to 99 years.

Findings

Two categories of residents were identified: healthy active older adults and older frail adults (or over 85+). Residents said their social and emotional well-being improved from the provision of indoor and outdoor communal areas. Older frail residents only accessed the new communal spaces when staff took them in their wheelchairs. The physical changes increased opportunities for social connections for residents. Conservatories and sensory gardens were most popular. Residents felt that structured activities in the new spaces and digital training would improve their social activities.

Research limitations/implications

The participatory methods spanned over an hour, and some residents felt too tired to complete the full session.

Practical implications

A practical limitation was that some sensory rooms were not fully completed at the time of the evaluation.

Originality/value

This paper adds the following: Perceptions of residents of a refurbishment programme in sheltered housing and the impact on their well-being. Perceptions of residents about social activities after a refurbishment programme. Perceptions of residents about the impact of physical changes to their sheltered housing schemes and impact on their internal accessibility to the improvements.

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Citation

Sattar, Z.(Z)., Wilkie, S. and Ling, J. (2021), "The impact of a refurbishment programme on older people living in sheltered housing", Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 24 No. 2, pp. 54-64. https://doi.org/10.1108/HCS-02-2021-0004

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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