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Preference for accessible design features for the elderly housing with its cost information
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Preference for accessible design features for the elderly housing with its cost information
Lee, So-Young; Yoo, Sung-Eun;
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Preference studies regarding the elderly housing have been conducted to find out design features in specific needs of certain elderly groups with their various demographic characteristics. The purpose of this study was to investigate preference for accessible design features for the elderly and find out the differences in preference whether the cost information was given or not. Contrast to the previous studies, we suggested some alternatives to fulfill the accessible goals. Preference for each option was investigated and differences in preference with its cost information was also investigated. The total of 700 questionnaires were collected and analyzed using SPSS 18.0. As a result, to remove the level differences, respondents prefer installation of trench to installation of deck or ramp. When people received the cost information, the proportion of selection for each option has slightly changed. The findings of the study suggest that cost information is an important factor for choosing the option for removal of level difference, installation of sink design and holding bars, and installation of elevator. Regardless of age, the respondents prefer sliding door option (its cost is equal to the other option), one of the door option for bath room. It may be due to the relative small area for its installation. It was found that when people recognized the importance of the accessible design features higher, they are ore likely to pay for the option even though its cost is higher. The higher people evaluate the importance of accessible design features, the more they can pay for the option. In general, for the preference of alternatives, there are significant differences between the elderly and the younger.
Preference;Cost;Accessible Design Feature;Choice;Barrier-Free Design;
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