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Scand J Occup Ther. 2019 Jul 15:1-9. doi: 10.1080/11038128.2019.1634756. [Epub ahead of print]

Ageing in the right place - a prototype of a web-based housing counselling intervention for later life.

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a Center for Innovative Care in Aging , Johns Hopkins School of Nursing , Baltimore , MD , USA.
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b Department of Health Sciences , Lund University , Lund , Sweden.
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c College of Nursing and Health Professions , Drexel University , Philadelphia , PA , USA.
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d Municipality of Östersund , Health and Social Care Administration , Östersund , Sweden.
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e Department of Epidemiology and Public Health , Umeå University , Umea , Sweden.

Abstract

Background: Despite a strong desire among most older adults to age in place, there are few widely available services to support planning and preparing for one's future housing needs. Objective: To develop a prototype of a web-based housing counselling intervention for use in later life, by employing a user-centred design. Material and Methods: As the first step in intervention development, we employed a development process based on research circle methodology. Nine older adults participated in three sessions. Findings from literature reviews, a meeting with a technology and design panel (n = 6) and interviews with representatives of nonprofit organizations, companies, and municipalities (n = 7) served as discussion points. Result: An on-paper prototype was derived, composed of the THINK, LEARN and ACT module reflecting different stages of the decision-making process. Each module addressed preferences, health, home and social and financial resources. Key design features and theoretical underpinnings were included. Conclusion and Significance: A user-centred design process can result in services that are aligned with older adults' preferences for obtaining housing information. Services for planning and preparing future housing needs have the potential to increase older adults´ well-being at home as well as reduce costs for care and housing provision by the municipalities.

KEYWORDS:

decision-making; Relocation; assisted living facilities; community-living; home modifications; housing preferences; nursing home; research circle methodology; user-centred

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