The aim is to study outdoor environments for people living in care homes and to design health-promoting gardens which can facilitate improvements in health, quality of life and well-being.
Therein, the aim is to study the personnel's view of the garden as a part of the care and as a means of stress reduction.
Two studies have been published and a third study in process.
Dahlkvist E, Hartig T, Nilsson A, Högberg H, Skovdahl K, Engström M. Relationships between garden greenery and the health of older people in residential care facilities: A multi-level cross-sectional study. J Adv Nurs 2016 Sep;72(9):2065-76. doi: 10.1111/jan.12968
Dahlkvist E, Nilsson A, Skovdahl K, Engström M. Is there a caring perspective in garden/patio design in elderly care? A description and a comparison of residents’ and staff members’ perceptions of these outdoor spaces. J Housing for the Elderly 2014;28:85-106. E-pub 05 Mar 2014, DOI 10.1080/02763893.2013.858094
Maria Engström PhD, Annika Nilsson PhD, University of Gävle
Eva Dahlkvist, Degree of Licentiate, University of Gävle, Kirsti Skovdahl, University college, Tonsberg, Norway