Environmental hazards in elderly nursing homes in Jakarta, Indonesia

Indri H. Susilowati, Bonardo P. Hasiholan, Chandra Satrya

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Abstract

Falls among the elderly remains a major public health problem that occurs worldwide, especially in the Asia Pacific region. In many cases, the quality of life of the elderly may decrease due to this phenomenon. In addition to individual factors, environmental factors also contribute to the increased incidence of falls among the elderly. This study is a descriptive qualitative study conducted in two elderly nursing homes in Jakarta to identify the environmental risk factors for falling. We discovered that home layout, lighting levels and floor conditions posed as potential risks for falls. A house that was cluttered with appliances also hampered movement. The lighting levels in both homesteads needed to be improved as they ranged from 7 to 60 lux, which was below the Indonesian standard of 120 to 200 lux for living rooms and 20 lux for bathrooms. Moreover, marble flooring and sloped roads tended to become slippery, especially when wet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-148
Number of pages7
JournalASM Science Journal
Volume13
Issue numberSpecialissue5
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Elderly home
  • Environmental factors
  • Falls
  • Floor
  • Layout
  • Lighting

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