Can a Modified Environment Assessment Tool Guide Priorities for Minor Refurbishments at a Residential Aged Care Facility?

Research paper by Samantha S Neylon, Caroline C Bulsara, Max K MK Bulsara, Anne-Marie AM Hill

Indexed on: 16 Jan '21Published on: 13 Jan '21Published in: Journal of aging & social policy


This pilot study aimed to examine EVOLVE UK extra care housing tool in an Australian residential aged care minor refurbishment context. The tool's content validity was established with 34 subcategories (I-CVI ≥0.75) and 612 statements (n = 509 I-CVI ≥0.75) relevant. A subsequent audit indicated high concordance (Rho-C = 0.750 to 0.997) within four experts' ratings of the care facility and correlation (Kendall's τ-statistic) between raters ranged from strong (0.5 to 0.9) to very strong (0.9 to 1.0). Lighting was the highest refurbishment element represented (50.54%). Assessment can inform funding, demonstrate standards compliance, and the components of physical environment refurbishments which support resident function.