What housing characteristics support seniors? Seniors’ experiences of housing and home in New Zealand during the COVID-19 pandemic
Abstract – Tuhinga Whakarāpopoto
This paper aims to explore what can be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic about adaptable, functional housing design that supports seniors’ resilience. This paper considers how physical and design features enable seniors to stay safe, develop coping strategies, give and receive care and maintain social connections.
Other reports associated with this research
Bailey, K. (2022). Reflections on kaumātua, pakeke and seniors’ housing: Building robust solutions with research. Saville-Smith, K., Cram, F., James, B. & A. Robinson (Eds.). Dunedin: Ageing Well National Science Challenge & Affordable Housing For Generations (BBHTC).
James, B. (2020). Housing as the base for care and support: Older people’s housing experiences during Covid-19. Research Bulletin, 29 June 2020, for Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities Homes and Spaces for Generations: Affordable Housing for Generations, 6pgs. Wellington: BBHTC.
James, B. (2021). Learning from seniors’ experiences of housing and home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Report for Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities, Affordable Housing for Generations. June 2021, 26pgs. Wellington: BBHTC.
Articles associated with this research – Karere Tūhono
News: Older people’s housing experiences during COVID-19 response
Older people’s homes provide safety, security, and wellbeing – ideally with care and support to assist ageing in place. During the COVID-19 pandemic response at levels 3 (restrictions) and 4 (lockdown), the home-based bubble became the first line of protection and defence against the virus and was crucial to people’s ability to physically distance, quarantine, or isolate as required, as well as allowing them to continue to give and receive care and support. >> Read More
Keywords – Kupu Hāngai
Care, New Zealand, Seniors, Social connection, Houseiing design, COVID-19 pandemic
Fields of Research – Āpure Rangahau
Population Demographics; Age and aging; Housing security and mental health
Date – Te Wā Whakarewa
Type – Te Auaha
Collections – Kohinga Kaupapa
- Te Tai Tokerau / Northern Aoteoroa New Zealand
- Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland
- Hauraki-Waikato / North Western North Island
- Waiariki (Tauranga, Whakatāne, Rotorua, Taupo)
- Te Tai Hauāuru / Western North Island
- Ikaroa-Rawhiti / East Coast and Pōneke / Wellington
- Te Waipounamu / South Island
- Homes and Spaces for Generations
- Mana Kāinga / Housing
Citation – Kupu Hautoa
James, B.L. (2023), “What housing characteristics support seniors? Seniors’ experiences of housing and home in New Zealand during the COVID-19 pandemic”, International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 552-574. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHMA-08-2022-0124