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Radical Redesign of Nursing Homes: Applying the Green House Concept in Tupelo, Mississippi

Author(s): Rabig, J., Thomas, W., Kane, R. A., Cutler, L. J., McAlilly, S.
The Green House design should be considered as nursing home resident numbers are growing. Early experiences with the “pod-like” structure show positive effects on residents, families, and staff.
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Space, Choice and Control, and Quality of Life in Care Settings for Older People

Author(s): Barnes, S.
In Britain, residential care and nursing homes for elderly patients have been subject to changing design regulations over several decades. These regulations take into account the “gradations of space” allotted to patients, meaning the extent to which the buildings themselves provide public, semiprivate, and private spaces for the patients.
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Neighborhood design and active aging

Author(s): Michael, Y., Green, M. K., Farquhar, S. A.

Do perceptions of neighbourhood environment influence health? Baseline findings from a British survey of aging

Author(s): Bowling, A.

Visiting Outdoor Green Environments Positively Iimpacts Self-Rated Health among Older People In Long-Term Care

Author(s): Rappe, E., Kivela, S. L., Rita, H.
The restorative effects of nature in enhancing well-being are well documented. Seeing greenery or being in nature reduces stress, promotes attention capacity, and improves mood. Studies of older people living in institutions indicate positive associations between well-being of the residents and closeness of a green environment. Visiting an outdoor green environment is associated with better ability to concentrate and improved mood among the older people living in nursing homes. Plants and garden environments may contribute to psychological and social well-being of older people with dementia, according to nursing staff. Although health-related factors can impact on self-rated health among the older people living in nursing care, results from previous studies indicate that outdoor visits may also have an impact.
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Perceived hospital environment quality indicators: A study of orthopaedic units

Author(s): Fornara, F., Bonaiuto, M., Bonnes, M.
The field of healthcare design has increasingly recognized the need for building environments that are more ‘‘user-centered,’’ but spatial–physical features have not typically been included in assessment surveys on patient satisfaction.
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Presence and Visibility of Outdoor and Indoor Physical Activity Features and Participation in Physical Activity Among Older Adults in Retirement Communities

Author(s): Joseph, A., Zimring, C., Harris-Kojetin, L., Kiefer, K.
Regular physical activity contributes to better health among old and very old individuals, allowing them to remain independent for a longer period of time. As with other factors, researchers are increasingly examining the role of the physical setting in encouraging or discouraging physical activity and providing convergent evidence on neighborhood design associated with physical activity by older people.
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Health Promotion by Design in Long-Term Care Settings

Author(s): Joseph, A.

Some Benefits of Nearby Nature for Hospital Visitors: Restorative Walks in Nichols Arboretum

Author(s): Levine, K.A.

For efficient navigational search, humans require full physical movement, but not a rich visual scene

Author(s): Ruddle, R.A., Lessels, S.