Meeting the needs of visually impaired people living in lifetime homes
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Rooney, Clíona; Hadjri, Karim; Rooney, Máirin; Faith, Verity; McAllister, Keith; Craig, Cathy (2016). Meeting the needs of visually impaired people living in lifetime homes. Journal of Housing For the Elderly 30 (2), 123-140
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 public-sector housing design interventions, providing a model for ensuring accessible and adaptable homes throughout an occupant's life span. An aging 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 13 key stakeholders and thematically analyzed. Although findings show that employing LTHS offers benefits to visually impaired residents, shortcomings 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. Findingsmay also be applicable to those with other impairments and disabilities in relation to housing for elderly residents.