A Case Study on Reusing Maintenance and Alterations by the Elderly Residing Melbourne and Sydney in Australia

호주 재택 노인을 위한 주택수리 및 개조사례 연구 - 멜버른과 시드니를 중심으로 -

  • 이영심 (정회원, 성균관대학교 건축학과 Post-doc) ;
  • 이상해 (성균관대학교 건축학과)
  • Published : 2002.11.01


As a result of the expansion of the nuclear family in society, there has been an increase in the number of elderly people who want to live independently of their children. Australia is one of the countries which has initiated an extensive welfare program for its senior citizens. These services include maintenance of, and alterations to their own homes to make living conditions safer and more manageable. This case study was aimed at finding ways of adapting the services provided in Australia, to meet the needs of elderly Koreans who are in similar situations. It evaluated houses which had been renovated and altered fur the normal as well as the disabled elderly in both Melbourne and Sydney. results of research were as following : 1) Most elderly usually wished to remain as long as possible in their own home and it made them very stable in psychologically. 2) Housing maintenance and alterations were provided as one of social care services fur elderly with low expense and loan from government. 3) Many elderly were also getting various kinds of social services, fur example, meals on wheels, transportation and cleaning service with housing alterations and these ones let their quality of life more improved. 4) Occupational therapist and Architect were always involved in the process of housing alterations for disabled elderly. 5) The alterations which related to bathroom, toilet and steps were very popular and those were considered essential design guide applications for planning of housing for elderly in the future.


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