Title: Accessibility of Houses in Trinidad: Implications for Older Persons With Disabilities
Stream: Built Environment
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Bephyer Parey, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
Leeann Sinanan, Independent Researcher, Trinidad and Tobago
To meet rising care demands among older persons including those with disabilities, aging in place and community care are encouraged. To support these, accessible housing is a prerequisite. This paper examines the accommodations for the inclusion of older persons with disabilities within houses in Trinidad using an exploratory sequential mixed methods research design. A list of accommodation items was obtained through a participatory exercise with older persons with disabilities and disability organisation managers. This information was then used to build a questionnaire to measure the accessibility of households among a large sample of houses in Trinidad. Based on data from 868 households, there were no fully accessible houses in Trinidad in terms of identified exploratory items. In preparing for the ageing population, the implementation of housing accessibility standards is an urgent matter. Governmental assistance to support modifications in already established houses and targeted responses to households experiencing poverty are arguably required to ensure all older persons with disabilities achieve adequate wellbeing.
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