Meeting the needs of visually impaired people living in Lifetime Homes

Cliona Rooney, Karim Hadjri, Máirín Rooney, Verity Faith, Keith McAllister, Cathy Craig

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Abstract

This article explores perceptions on the suitability and effectiveness of Lifetime Homes Standards (LTHS) for those with visual impairment in Northern Ireland.LTHS are a series of mandatory United Kingdom (UK) public sector housing design interventions, providing a model for ensuring accessible and adaptable homes throughout an occupant's lifespan. An ageing demographic with increasing incidence of diabetes, has led to rising numbers of elderly visually impaired people wanting to remain in their homes for longer.Qualitative semi structured interviews were conducted with thirteen key stakeholders and thematically analysed. Although findings show that employing LTHS offers benefits to visually impaired residents, short-comings were also identified. Evidence indicates a need for Policy Makers, Health Care Professionals and Housing Associations to modify practices to better meet the housing needs of visually impaired people. Findings may also be applicable to those with other impairments and disabilities in relation to housing for elderly residents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-140
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Housing for the Elderly
Volume30
Issue number2
Early online date13 May 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Lifetime Homes,
  • visual impairment
  • housing standards
  • aging in place

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