Designing the Interior of a Nursing Home for the Elders of Mauritius


The phenomenon of population ageing is occurring in Mauritius, this is due to the progressive ageing of the median age itself. The demographic changes in the social and family structure has altered so drastically in the last decade; the extended family structure has disappeared to be replaced by the nuclear family. Since then there have been an increasing demand to provide the elderly people in Mauritius with a good residential. The first part of this research explains the usability, healthcare and safety problems occurring in the interior environment of old age homes in Mauritius. The aim was understand the different needs of the elders from several cultural and religious background and design the interior of an old age home according to it. The aspect of design, colour and sustainability were explored and applied in the design process of the nursing home, focusing on all basic facilities such as a good environment, recreation, yoga and prayer room, green areas, well ventilated areas, lightings and others. Moreover, the colour preferences of elders were investigated to study how ageing affects colour vision due to many eyes diseases associated with old age. The data that has been yielded during this study was conducted by interviewing elderly people from different nursing homes. Five sample boards were prepared and presented to the residents of the homes. Based on the results obtained, a colour palette was made to design the interior of the nursing home.

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Ashmita Hurhundee, University of Mauritius, Mauritius
Sabrina Ramsamy-Iranah, University of Mauritius, Mauritius

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Conference: AGEN2017
Stream: Aging and Gerontology

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