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Housing conditions strongly influence people’s quality of life and contribute to their health. Housing features such as entry stairs, narrow doorways could potentially help or hinder the older person’s ability to remain active, independent and socially included in the community. In thinking about the influence the home environment has on the older person’s quality of life, we have developed a Housing Audit Checklist to analyse the age-ready quality of individual homes. This Chapter introduces the Housing Audit Checklist, the results and recommendations from its pilot testing and validation on a sample of older residents in Singapore.
KeywordsPublic housingPublic Housing Housing Respondents servicesServices adaptabilityAdaptability accessibilityAccessibility
We gratefully acknowledge the following for their generous support and assistance with the Housing Audit Survey: our colleague Cheong Sue Wei, student intern Lim Aunn Ning and interviewers for helping us conduct the interview; our colleague Dr. Hou Yuting for helping us with the statistical analysis of data; residents who participated in our interview and generously shared with us their responses and experiences of their in-home environments.
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