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Disabling spaces and spatial strategies: feminist approaches to the home environment of family caregivers of people with dementia

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The home environment becomes very important for family caregivers of people with dementia as a place of safety, retreat and care provision. Using a gender-based perspective, the authors analyzed thirteen interviews with family caregivers to understand how they perceived their home space. The data was analyzed thematically with the help of adjacency diagrams. Our analysis identified three main themes: compact layout, spatial flexibility, and the wider neighborhood. Given the gendered nature of caring, the findings are discussed drawing on the work of feminist architects regarding the home environment. The authors argue that feminist architectural approaches can usefully inform spatial strategies regarding dementia, ageing friendly housing, accessible living and the wellbeing of the caregiver. Different bodies and users’ needs should be at the epicenter of design, as opposed to conventional design and the current practices by developers, which may create a series of disabling spaces.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-287
Number of pages23
JournalHome Cultures
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2019


  • Disabling Spaces and Spatial Strategies

    Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Journal of Architecture, Design and Domestic Space on 25/11/2019, available online:

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