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The Physical Housing Environment and Subjective Well-Being Among Older People Using Long-Term Care Services in Japan

, , Tomoaki Ishibashi
Published: 10 February 2019

Abstract: For older people using long-term care services, the conditions of their life-space may be critical. The relationships between the physical housing environment and aspects of health were examined among older people in Japan (aged 65+ years, N = 1,928) by multivariable logistic regression analysis, adjusting for sociodemographic characteristics. Lack of safety, low access to emergency assistance, low or high indoor temperature, poor sanitary conditions, and state of home disrepair were significantly associated with negative aspects of health among people with low activities of daily living (ADL) independence. Home care service providers and policymakers need to consider the importance of appropriate environmental conditions for the most vulnerable groups.
Keywords: Aged / physical housing environment / subjective well-being / environment docility hypothesis / activities of daily living

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