Integrated careful homes for differentiated needs

AnneMarie Eijkelenboom*, Rosanne Alkema, Heleen Meinsma, Willemineke Hammer

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Due to the ageing society, policy focuses on independent living of elderly in need for care. While the preferences of the elderly to live autonomously vary, there is limited information on variation in needs for the physical environment, e.g., shared and private places. A pilot study was done to develop insights into preferences for social and physical environment of the elderly in need for care. A questionnaire (N=52) and workshop (N=22) were conducted with future elderly. The study showed that preferences for ways of living largely varied. Many were willing to share facilities and help each other, although they did not want to provide somatic care. Based on the results two new concepts were explored, i.e. farm like housing in the city centre and small-scale housing with friends. The concepts, resulting from the questionnaire and workshop, suggest that the method can be used to further explore connections between preferences and design.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalThe Evolving Scholar
Publication statusPublished - 2024
EventARCH22 - 5th Architecture Research Care and Health Conference: Enabling Health, Care and Well-Being Through Design Research - TU Delft/Erasmus MC, Delft/Rotterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 22 Aug 202224 Aug 2022


  • assisted living
  • independent living
  • communal living
  • preferences
  • session 4b


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