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The importance of a room with a view for older people with limited mobility

The importance of a room with a view for older people with limited mobility The purpose of this paper is to examine how older people who are almost entirely housebound use a view from their window to make sense of the world and stay connected to the outside space that they cannot physically inhabit.Design/methodology/approachSemi-structured interviews with 42 individuals were carried out who were living at home, were relatively immobile and had an interesting view outside they liked from one or more of their windows.FindingsThe findings suggest that immobile older people enjoy watching a motion-full, changing, world going on outside of their own mobility and interact and create meaning and sense, relating themselves to the outside world.Practical implicationsFindings suggest that those working in health and social care must realise the importance of older people observing the outdoors and create situations where that is enabled and maintained through improving vantage points and potentially using technology.Originality/valueThis study builds and updates work by Rowles (1981) showing that preference for views from the window involves the immediate surveillance zone but also further afield. The view can be rural or urban but should include a human element from which older people can interact through storytelling. The view often contains different flows, between mundane and mystery and intrigue, and between expected and random. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality in Ageing and Older Adults Emerald Publishing

The importance of a room with a view for older people with limited mobility

Quality in Ageing and Older Adults , Volume 19 (4): 13 – Dec 3, 2018

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Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
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1471-7794
DOI
10.1108/qaoa-01-2018-0003
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine how older people who are almost entirely housebound use a view from their window to make sense of the world and stay connected to the outside space that they cannot physically inhabit.Design/methodology/approachSemi-structured interviews with 42 individuals were carried out who were living at home, were relatively immobile and had an interesting view outside they liked from one or more of their windows.FindingsThe findings suggest that immobile older people enjoy watching a motion-full, changing, world going on outside of their own mobility and interact and create meaning and sense, relating themselves to the outside world.Practical implicationsFindings suggest that those working in health and social care must realise the importance of older people observing the outdoors and create situations where that is enabled and maintained through improving vantage points and potentially using technology.Originality/valueThis study builds and updates work by Rowles (1981) showing that preference for views from the window involves the immediate surveillance zone but also further afield. The view can be rural or urban but should include a human element from which older people can interact through storytelling. The view often contains different flows, between mundane and mystery and intrigue, and between expected and random.

Journal

Quality in Ageing and Older AdultsEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 3, 2018

Keywords: Nature; Wellbeing; Independence; Environmental perception; Environmental preference; Immobility; Outdoors; Rural eldercare

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