PROJECT: LIFE LONG HOUSING research
Problem to be solved:
This project will move us one step closer to a Life Long housing certification program by interviewing people who live in housing designed specifically for older adults.
Most of the available housing stock is not age-friendly. For those who want to age in place or in community, choices are limited.
Who is adversely affected or impacted? Although everyone is impacted, older adults who face mobility, vision, cognitive and/or hearing issues need appropriate housing.
What work has already been undertaken around the issue, by whom and what are the results? The PAFC Housing Priority Group started looking at this issue 2 years ago with the help of the Institute for the Built Environment (IBE).
How will successful resolution affect the local community?
This research would feed into the development of a program with IBE to create a Life Long housing certification program.
What will be acceptable outcomes for the team in addressing the problem?
A set of interview questions must be developed in concert with IBE so that the
research is consistent and useful.
Communities (and possibly individual houses) that have been specifically designed
to meet the needs of older adults need to be identified and permission obtained
to conduct interviews.
Interviews with consumers will be conducted, recorded and compiled.
What volunteer qualifications are needed?
- Interest in others.
- Interviewing skills.
- The ability to put people at ease.
Training and Support:
This team will be supported by the PAFC priority committee working on Housing issues. A member of the priority group will serve as liaison between the team and the PAFC. The priority group provides oversight, counsel, support, and resources needed to plan and produce the event. Once the team is established there will be an initial training that covers project expectations and team process. A volunteer coordinator will be available throughout the project to address issues rising within the team itself.
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