Utilizing Virtual Simulation Technology to Increase Implementation of Safe Aging in Place Modifications
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professionals from design, construction, and health care are working to provide
attractive, constructible, functional and safe home modifications for aging in
place. The commitment is to keep senior members of local communities in the homes
they love, rather than to segregate them into big box retirement communities.
This study explores the confidence level of both individuals interested in
aging place for themselves and their friends and family members in aging in
place modifications. In additions to those interested in aging in place for
themselves and their friends and family members, invested professionals from
design, construction and health care are surveyed to measure their confidence
in common modifications. A 3d walkthrough is tested to investigate if
confidence levels increase with the use of a walkthrough to communicate
Friends and family members of those intending to age in place were significantly more concerned about the safety of their aging person, than the aging person themselves. Those friends and family members were also more impacted by viewing the video walkthrough than any of the other groups.