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dc.contributor.authorAvila, Melinda Plazaen_US

The therapeutic opportunity for the elderly due to building control automation use in a retirement home was investigated. Previous research suggests that a basic understanding of elderly functional needs and building control automation capabilities is required Ifn order to secure the opportunity for maintaining existing elderly functional abilities. This study explores the extent to which building control automation can be applied in retirement homes. The research questions generated for this study were: To what extent is the success of building control automation dependent on the level of demand by residents, staff, and administration? How can elderly of varying disabilities interact with and around what building control automation features? How can building control automation support elderly independence and minimize the need for relocation to a higher level of care? What type(s) of building control automation will either promote independence or threaten it?

A nurse aide questionnaire was used to identify the nurse aide's perception of the retirement home environment, residents' activities, and issues of elderly well-being. A resident questionnaire addressed residents needs and desires to maintain independent living with assistance of building control automation. And lastly, participant observation was used to reveal unique aspects of the physical environment and activities in questionnaire responses.

dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.subjectHome automation.en_US
dc.subject.lccLD5655.V855 1993.A935en_US
dc.titleBuilding control automation for retirement homes :a therapeutic opportunity for the elderlyen_US
dc.contributor.departmentProduct Research and Designen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US of Scienceen_US Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US Research and Designen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairSchubert, Robert P.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBeamish, Julia O.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberLichtman, Marilyn V.en_US

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