With the growing number of older people, architects face the challenge of designing appropriate residential environments for current and future generations of older people. Too often they live in houses that are not adjusted to their needs and desires, with few spatial and social qualities of a real home. Amongst architects and professional care givers awareness grows of the importance of ‘feeling at home’ in residential and care environments, rather than just meeting basic needs like food, shelter and medical care.
Van Steenwinkel, I., Baumers, S., Heylighen, A. (2012). Home in later life: A framework for the architecture of home environments. Home Cultures, 9 (2), 195-217.