Built Environmental Impact on Residents’ Quality of Life and Staff Care Practices in a Long-Term Care Facility: Pre- and Post-relocation at the Existing “Views” and Newly-Constructed Innovative “Village” Model in Comox, British Columbia

The importance of the built environment in long-term care homes is recognized as a key component in providing good quality care and support for the residents, particularly those living with dementia. Well-designed, supportive environments can promote way finding and orientation, improve level of autonomy in activities of daily living, functioning, engagement in meaningful activity, and reduce responsive behaviours, such as anxiety, agitation and aggression. The newly constructed Village in Comox, British Columbia, based on the innovative Dutch Village model, provides a unique opportunity to conduct a pre- and post-relocation evaluation of this innovative care environment as residents to the new site will move from an existing long-term care facility (The Views). The findings from this research project will contribute to improve the quality of long-term care at the provincial and national levels.

Ziying Zhang
Faculty Supervisor: 
Habib Chaudhury
British Columbia
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