Yukiko Kuboshima

Designing supported housing to improve the quality of life of older people in New Zealand.

As people age and impairments increase, they require greater care and support. Along with the rapid growth in the ageing population, there is greater demand for housing that can support the independent life of high-needs elderly people. However, problems have been reported in regard to the quality of life (QoL) of residents in one of the housing options for the high-needs elderly to live independently in New Zealand.

My research investigates the framework for the requirements in housing design that improves the QoL of the high-needs elderly, using a qualitative approach combining semi-structured interviews and observation of 30 elderly people who live independently and require assistance in daily life. Research finds a wide range of themes for QoL influenced by the physical environments, which include; ‘Control in daily activities,’ ‘Engagement in leisure activities,’ ‘Relationships,’ ‘Possessions,’ ‘Comfort’ and ‘Quality of care.’ The design requirements are elaborated and a model of housing design that improves the QoL of high-needs elderly is presented.

Supervisors

Geoff Thomas and Jacqueline McIntosh.

Publications

Double-blind Refereed Journal Contributions

Kuboshima, Y., & McIntosh, J., Thomas, G. (2018). The Design of Local-Authority Rental Housing for the Elderly That Improves Their Quality of Life. Buildings, 8(5): 71. DOI: 10.3390/buildings8050071.

Kuboshima, Y., & McIntosh, J. (2017). Housing Design that Improves the Quality of Life for Post-Stroke Elderly People Living Independently. Hospice & Palliative Medicine International Journal 1(4): 00018. DOI: 10.15406/hpmij.2017.01.00018

Kuboshima, Y., & McIntosh, J., Thomas, G. (2018). Bathroom Design for Assisted Showering that Improves the Quality of Life of the Elderly. The Journal of Aging and Social Change (Approved for publication)

Book Chapter

Kuboshima, Y., & McIntosh, J. (2018). ‘Fumio and Hana: A Japanese family’. In Chicca, F., Vale, B., & Vale B. (Eds.), Everyday Lifestyles and Sustainability: The Environmental Impact Of Doing The Same Things Differently. Australia: Routledge.

Double-blind Refereed Conference Publications

Kuboshima, Y., McIntosh, J., & Marques, B. (2016). Improving the sense of wellbeing for dependent older people living in supported housing. In R. Cole, S. Costa, & S. Watson (Eds.), Well-Being 2016: The third international conference exploring the multi-dimensions of well-being Vol. 3 (pp. 103-106). Birmingham: Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK.

Kuboshima, Y., McIntosh, J., & Thomas, G. (2017). Models of care and physical environments of current housing for the elderly: the possibilities for rental housing for the dependent elderly in New Zealand. In L Brotas, S Roaf, & F Nicol (Eds.), Proceedings of 33rd PLEA Conference Vol. 3 (pp. 4684-92). Edinburgh, Scotland.

McIntosh J, & Kuboshima Y. (2017). The design of shared housing in Japan and the strategies to maintain privacy, independence and a sense of connectedness. Third International Conference on “Changing Cities", Syros, Greece, 26 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017. Proceedings for the Third International Conference on “Changing Cities". University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece.

Kuboshima, Y., McIntosh, J., & Thomas, G. (2017). Care, physical environments and dependency: the design of housing for the high needs elderly to live independently. In Cities, Communities and Homes: Is the Urban Future Livable? Derby, UK.

Kuboshima, Y., McIntosh, J., & Thomas, G. (2017). Exploration of indoor tracking systems as an architectural research tool for the study on the housing for the elderly. In M Schnabel (Ed.), 51st International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (pp. 241–250). Wellington, New Zealand.

Kuboshima, Y., McIntosh, J., & Thomas, G. (2017). Implications for the design of rental housing for the elderly that improves their quality of life. In M Schnabel (Ed.), 51st International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (pp. 783–792.). Wellington, New Zealand.

Other Conference Publications

Kuboshima, Y., McIntosh, J., & Thomas, G. (2016). The disconnect between housing options for older people and their expectations in New Zealand. In NZ Association of Gerontology Conference (Ed.), Conference Handbook and Book of Abstracts. Wellington, New Zealand.

Kuboshima, Y., McIntosh, J., & Thomas, G. (2018). Facilitating meaningful activities and relationships: Designing dwellings and communities that improve the quality of life of the high-needs elderly. In IAFOR (Ed.), Proceedings of Asian Conference on Aging and Gerontology. Kobe, Japan.

Poster Presentation

Kuboshima, Y. (2016). Designing supported housing for high-dependency older people that improves their quality of life." In Ageing Well National Science Challenge SNAP Event. Poster. Wellington.