Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Unique, research-based list of the most important environmental barriers in housing

10.01.2008
Removing barriers indoors is not sufficient to make housing accessible for people with disabilities – half of the most important barriers are located at entrances and outdoors.

In collaboration with colleagues at Heidelberg University, Germany, researchers at the Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments (CASE), Lund University, Sweden, now present a unique, research-based list of the most important environmental barriers causing accessibility problems in housing.

The list can be used for screening of housing environments, aiming at improved accessibility for people with functional limitations. The list is based on the comprehensive Housing Enabler instrument and comprises 61 different barriers; half of them concern indoor environments and half entrances or outdoor environments.

The list is unique in the sense that it was generated based on expert panels and statistically simulated combinations of actual personal functional limitations and environmental barriers in housing and immediate outdoor environments among more than 2,000 persons in three European countries.

Several environmental barriers often regarded as problematic based on acquired experience fell into the list, e.g. high thresholds, narrow doors and heavy doors without automatic opening. Other barriers are less known, e.g. very high/low and/or irregular heights of stair threads, and apparatus/controls requiring complex maneuvers and good precision.

In particular, given the rapid increase of older people in the population, this list should be attractive for municipal authorities responsible for housing provision, as well as for architects, building companies and private estate owners. The reduced version of the Housing Enabler is a time efficient and powerful screening tool for housing accessibility problem identification.

Johanna Sandahl | alfa
Further information:
http://www.med.lu.se/case

More articles from Health and Medicine:

nachricht Team discovers how bacteria exploit a chink in the body's armor
20.01.2017 | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

nachricht Rabies viruses reveal wiring in transparent brains
19.01.2017 | Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

All articles from Health and Medicine >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Traffic jam in empty space

New success for Konstanz physicists in studying the quantum vacuum

An important step towards a completely new experimental access to quantum physics has been made at University of Konstanz. The team of scientists headed by...

Im Focus: How gut bacteria can make us ill

HZI researchers decipher infection mechanisms of Yersinia and immune responses of the host

Yersiniae cause severe intestinal infections. Studies using Yersinia pseudotuberculosis as a model organism aim to elucidate the infection mechanisms of these...

Im Focus: Interfacial Superconductivity: Magnetic and superconducting order revealed simultaneously

Researchers from the University of Hamburg in Germany, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Aarhus in Denmark, have synthesized a new superconducting material by growing a few layers of an antiferromagnetic transition-metal chalcogenide on a bismuth-based topological insulator, both being non-superconducting materials.

While superconductivity and magnetism are generally believed to be mutually exclusive, surprisingly, in this new material, superconducting correlations...

Im Focus: Studying fundamental particles in materials

Laser-driving of semimetals allows creating novel quasiparticle states within condensed matter systems and switching between different states on ultrafast time scales

Studying properties of fundamental particles in condensed matter systems is a promising approach to quantum field theory. Quasiparticles offer the opportunity...

Im Focus: Designing Architecture with Solar Building Envelopes

Among the general public, solar thermal energy is currently associated with dark blue, rectangular collectors on building roofs. Technologies are needed for aesthetically high quality architecture which offer the architect more room for manoeuvre when it comes to low- and plus-energy buildings. With the “ArKol” project, researchers at Fraunhofer ISE together with partners are currently developing two façade collectors for solar thermal energy generation, which permit a high degree of design flexibility: a strip collector for opaque façade sections and a solar thermal blind for transparent sections. The current state of the two developments will be presented at the BAU 2017 trade fair.

As part of the “ArKol – development of architecturally highly integrated façade collectors with heat pipes” project, Fraunhofer ISE together with its partners...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Sustainable Water use in Agriculture in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

19.01.2017 | Event News

12V, 48V, high-voltage – trends in E/E automotive architecture

10.01.2017 | Event News

2nd Conference on Non-Textual Information on 10 and 11 May 2017 in Hannover

09.01.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Helmholtz International Fellow Award for Sarah Amalia Teichmann

20.01.2017 | Awards Funding

An innovative high-performance material: biofibers made from green lacewing silk

20.01.2017 | Materials Sciences

Ion treatments for cardiac arrhythmia — Non-invasive alternative to catheter-based surgery

20.01.2017 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>