Sustainability perceptions of home modification service providers for older Australians

Hu, Xin 2020, Sustainability perceptions of home modification service providers for older Australians, Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, pp. 1-18, doi: 10.1108/ECAM-12-2019-0681.

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Title Sustainability perceptions of home modification service providers for older Australians
Author(s) Hu, XinORCID iD for Hu, Xin
Journal name Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Publisher Emerald Publishing Group
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2020-01-01
ISSN 0969-9988
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Social Sciences
Engineering, Industrial
Engineering, Civil
Business & Economics
Home modifications
Sustainability perceptions
Older people
Summary PurposeThe majority of older Australians prefer living in their own home. Home modifications support older adults' ageing-in-place through mitigating environmental hazards of their home, and there is an increased interest in modifying older adults' residential environment in sustainable ways. However, an in-depth understanding of sustainability perceptions of home modification service providers (HMSPs) is lacking in Australia. Thus, the study aims to address this research gap.Design/methodology/approachQualitative content analysis was adopted to identify sustainability perceptions through analyzing the retrieved home modification business information from the selected HMSPs' official websites. The results of qualitative content analysis were further analyzed by using independent-samples t-test and chi-square contingency table analysis to investigate the relationships between HMSP type and sustainability.FindingsIn total, 54 sustainability perceptions were identified, with the crucial ones being safe living environment, independent living and service diversity. Overall, there are no significant differences in sustainability perceptions between charitable and non-charitable HMSPs. Nevertheless, charitable HMSPs place more importance on social sustainability in comparison with non-charitable HMSPs.Originality/valueThe study results facilitate understanding about HMSPs' sustainability perceptions and sustainable home modifications in the ageing society, which facilities theory advancement and industry practice in the home modification area.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1108/ECAM-12-2019-0681
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Field of Research 0905 Civil Engineering
1202 Building
1503 Business and Management
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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