A Valued Relationship with Nature and Its Influence on the Use of Gardens by Older Adults Living in Residential Care

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Abstract

While there is growing interest in inclusion of gardens and outdoor spaces in residential care facilities for older adults, these spaces are often underutilized despite many identified, evidence-based benefits. A qualitative study of participant observations with behavior mapping, and individual and focus-group interviews, using a grounded theory methodology was used to understand value versus use of outdoor garden spaces. Individual and focus-group interviews were conducted with 32 residents from two facilities. Results revealed that views of nature are fundamentally important to resident well-being, that access to nature influences facility choice, and use of garden spaces is influenced by the way in which individuals prefer to enjoy nature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-311
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Housing for the Elderly
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2 2016

Keywords

  • garden use
  • gardens in residential care
  • Nature relationship
  • value of nature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Public Administration
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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