Purpose : The aging population is the quickly increasing in Korea. Since 2008, the National Long term Care Insurance, a number of long term care facilities have established during short time in Korea. Especially, the environmental assessment tool is important for managing healing environment in a long term care facility for the elderly. Alzheimer's Garden Audit Tool (AGAT) is used to assess whether a garden incorporates those elements and qualities as healing outdoor space. In this paper, we discuss the benefits, limitations, and future directions of the assessment tool for long-term care facilities. Methods : The AGAT audit was done through content analysis by 5 experts from diverse discipline as post occupancy evaluation of a long term care facility located in suburban area. The expert group was asked to describe their comments for modification and improvement in application of AGAT. Results : The results of this study show that it is necessary to refine the instrument's items to better meet the needs of the criteria and items for Korean culture-friendly tool. Especially, greenhouse elements (various plants, birds etc.), multisensory experiences, users-oriented space, programmed activities in garden, and hazards on pathway has somewhat limitation as measurement to assess outdoor of long-term care facilities in Korea. Implications : Consequently, AGAT could be applicable to evaluate the outdoor space of long term care facility in Korea with culturally sensitive revision.
Purpose: Many researches have clearly begun to address the relationship between people and their physical environments. These represent that children experience traditional hospital environments as unpleasant and scary. More specifically, children in hospitals face many psychological and emotional challenges: isolation, painful procedures, separation from family members, all in unfamiliar settings. For this reason, some have argued that the children’s experiences within hospital environments can lead to poorer health outcomes. This study has been started in order to provide basic informations for the planning of Healing rest space in pediatric ward. Methods: Literature reviewes and field surveys to rest space at pediatric ward in Korea and foreign country have been conducted for the data collection. Results: The result of this study can be summarized into eight environment factor for healing rest space in pediatric ward: family, noise, safe, choice opportunity, light, privacy, social support and distract from disease or death. Implications: In the rest space in pediatric ward, it is necessary to consider healing rest space for promoting healing from disease and normal developing of children.
Purpose: Health is one of the most important interests in current and future human society. Various efforts, which to maintain and promote their good health conditions, continue to be tried in future urban and architectural environment. The purpose of this study is to establish an integrated framework of research approaches for healthy urban and architectural environment that continuously promotes health according to people's entire life course. Methods: This was done by literature reviews, which is related to interdisciplinary researches for the determinants of health and healthy environment. Results: As a result of this study, an integrated research model, as a methodology, was proposed. This explains the concept of integrated research approaches for urban and architectural environment in the respect of people’s health. Integrated health concept includes not only the area of health care environment to have recovery and treatment but also the daily living environment for people who have potential of being ill, and finally the city environment for entire people as health supporting elements including safety and primary prevention. Implications: Under the basis of this model, according to the life course, various researches on sustainable healthy urban and architectural environment should be followed from now on. The model should also be continuously complemented and developed into a standard of healthy environment.
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to provide reference points for the improvement work of churches' convenience facilities for the elderly. To do this, the study generates survey results, showing that the perception to significance of churches' convenience facilities is different among survey constituents. Method: The survey method was utilized. The study population for survey includes the aged believer over 65 years old, pastors, and architecture and/or interior design experts. The questionnaire was devised while consulting existing regulations regarding convenience facilities in general. Results: It is found that the perception to significance of installation standards for convenience facilities is different among survey constituents. Specifically, while the older believer group is perceived that installation standards for the small group meeting room of 'other facility' is comparatively more important, the pastor group and the expert group perceive that the 'intermediate facility' and 'inner facility' are more important. Implications: Participants involved in an improvement project of churches' convenience facilities may have a different perception about their importance due mainly to the degree of usage and the difference of perspectives. This study, therefore, can be used as a reference point for prioritizing improvement works of churches' convenience facilities for the elderly.
Purpose: Although Computerized Tomography is one of the most useful diagnosis devices and Frequency of use by all kind of patient is higher than other device, it can be hardly to find out adequate data to planning of Computerized Tomography Unit. So questions have been raised about how to organize the unit. Methods: In order to suggest architectural guideline of Computerized Tomography Unit, expert interview, field survey and analysis to the floor plan have been conducted in this article. The area calculation was based on center line. Results: This article suggests a number of the guideline and the example of the planning which contains how to design Computerized Tomography Unit. Especially, in the case of the example on the planning, main points of the guideline is reflected. Implications: The result of this survey would be useful as a reference when the architect tries to design Computerized Tomography unit.