Caring for the Carer: Home design and modification for carers of young people with disability
Authors: Davy, L., Adams, T. & Bridge, C.
Published: 31st July 2014
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This paper considers the design requirements of carers of young people with disability. Most young people with disability live in the home of their carer for extended periods of their life and some never leave. Although the issue of young people with disability and care has been well explored, there is a paucity of research concerning the home environment and how it does or does not support the role of caring. When it has previously been explored, this has usually been about the home as a workplace for paid careworkers, and not about the home and workplace of the unpaid carer or other occupants. Home modification interventions can offer carers of young people with disability greater comfort and wellbeing and may better support the caring relationship in the longer term. The research questions that framed this systematic explorative literature search and narrative analysis are: what tensions, if any, may exist between a carer’s needs and the needs of the person with disability in home design; what design features of the physical home environment would enable carers to care in the home in more comfortable and sustainable ways; and what assessment criteria should home design and modification professionals consider when assessing for home modifications or adaptations which will support a whole-of-household approach to assessment and incorporate the needs and preferences of all members of a household, including carers. As a result of the analysis undertaken, we found that a number of aspects of home design are important to carers and ion order to facilitate better practice, these have been distilled into an attention-directing framework specific to relevant design criteria.
1st edition Caring for the Carer: Home design and modification for carers of young people
with disability by Laura Davy, Toni Adams and Catherine Bridge, July 2014.
Table of Contents
Carers and Home Modifications
Carers’ Housing and Home Modifications
Carers and their households
Home Modification and Housing Support
Aims and Methods
Scope of Work
Assessing the home environment
Carers and the home environment
Carer stress and strain
Carers and housing
Home modifications and carers
Home design considerations for carers
Home safety and carer needs
Space in the home
Assisting care activities
Whole of household approaches
Appendix 1: Home Modifications Checklist for Carers of Young People with Disability
Specialist Review Panel
|Associate Professor Karen Fisher||Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia||Guest Expert Reviewer|
|Sarah Judd||Policy and Development Officer, Carers NSW||Guest Expert Reviewer|
|Jannis Hayman||Carer||Guest Expert Reviewer|
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