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Effect of facilities management components on the quality of life of Chinese elderly in care and attention homes

Famakin, Ibukun Oluwadara; Leung, Mei Yung; Olomolaiye, Paul


Ibukun Oluwadara Famakin

Mei Yung Leung

Paul Olomolaiye
Pro Vice-Chancellor Equalities and Civic Engagement


© 2017, © Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: Quality of life (QoL) for elderly residents of care and attention (C&A) homes has become an important consideration, given the increasingly aging population. Due to the number of hours such residents spend indoors, the quality of the facilities can contribute to their day-to-day QoL. This study aims to investigate the effect of facilities management (FM) on the QoL of Chinese elderly people living in C&A homes. Design/methodology/approach: A survey of perceived satisfaction with the components of FM and QoL was carried out with a sample of residents. A total of 18 FM components and five QoL domains, including physical health, independence, psychological health, social relationships and living environment, as well as overall QoL, were identified. Findings: The findings show that physical health is influenced by accessibility, doors and windows and signage; independence can be improved by enhancing accessibility, water supply, lighting and ventilation; accessibility, water supply, distance and doors and windows all predict psychological health; social relationships are improved by lighting and ventilation; distance impacts positively on the living environment; and overall QoL is predicted by lighting, ventilation, accessibility, doors and windows, handrails, recreation and signage. Originality/value: The study recommends that designers and facilities managers review the micro-climate settings to harness available natural lighting and ventilation, introduce bimetallic strips to the heating systems to maintain a suitable water temperature and install large, easy-to-understand and graphic signage for straightforward wayfinding in C&A homes.


Famakin, I. O., Leung, M. Y., & Olomolaiye, P. (2017). Effect of facilities management components on the quality of life of Chinese elderly in care and attention homes. Facilities, 35(5-6), 270-285.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 15, 2016
Online Publication Date Apr 4, 2017
Publication Date Apr 4, 2017
Deposit Date Oct 6, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 5, 2018
Journal Facilities
Print ISSN 0263-2772
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 35
Issue 5-6
Pages 270-285
Keywords care and attention homes, elderly, facilities management, quality of life
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