What we know
The physical environment of an older person’s home or their space in residential care contributes to their quality of life. As a person gets older, modifications may be needed to make it easier to move around and to continue to engage with people or just to be safe. This may also be a consideration when planning and delivering palliative care and end-of-life care.
The space in which the person lives may need to be modified to accommodate equipment or to enable aspects of care to be provided. This can sometimes cause tensions between making it easier to provide care and the person feeling “at home” or in a homelike environment.