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WiP Seminar: Physical environmental evaluation of a care village in Comox, B.C.

November 1, 2023 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Habib Chaudhury, PhD, FGSA
Scientist, Advancing Health
Professor, Department of Gerontology, Simon Fraser University

Ziying Zhang
Ph.D. Candidate in Gerontology at Simon Fraser University

Physical environmental evaluation of a care village in Comox, British Columbia: Pre-relocation findings.

This talk delves into the significance of the physical environment within long-term care homes as a key component in providing quality care and support for the residents.

The first publicly funded care home in British Columbia based on the “dementia village” model, will offer a neighbourhood environment with familiar places and destinations. As part of a broader evaluation project, we have conducted a baseline evaluation of the physical environment in the existing traditional care home and planned post-relocation evaluation in the new village-model based care home. Standardized environmental assessments, observations, and staff focus groups were used in the existing dementia care unit to generate comprehensive and in-depth understanding. The baseline evaluation revealed challenges in the unit’s physical design, space use, and care practices. The long corridor impeded residents’ wayfinding abilities and increased exit-seeking behaviours. Residents experienced difficulties orienting themselves in moving between the common space and bedrooms. The residents also experienced “toileting disempowerment” as they received little support from staff to use the common washroom or go to their private washrooms. The care model, along with understaffing, influenced the use of the common space that served as dining and activity areas. Staff reported they did not have time to move residents to adjacent secondary spaces for activities, even though the large common area created high levels of social and environmental stimulation. Staff subdivided the space into three sub-areas to match residents’ functioning status/abilities. The spaces had several artifacts, yet residents rarely interacted with the props, except the holiday decorations that served as stimuli for conversations and activities.

This is a hybrid event, you may attend in person or virtually. Attendees must register and indicate their preference. A light lunch is included for in-person attendees.

Room 1500 at St Paul’s Hospital

1081 Burrard St
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6 Canada


November 1, 2023
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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