The physical environment, activity and interaction in residential care facilities for older people: a comparative case study

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Activities and social interactions positively affect older peoples’ health, well‐being and quality of life 1. The physical environment is essential for supporting older people both physically and cognitively 4. Residential care facilities (RCFs) are the primary location for daily activities for many frail older people in need of care and support 6. Additional knowledge is needed regarding the complex associations between the physical environment and activities in RCFs. The present study explored environmental aspects of RCFs and how these are related to older peoples’ activities, such as interacting with others, communicating and engaging in recreational activities.
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