Housing characteristics

Housing characteristics

LASA filenames:
LASA014
LASA015
LASA601 / LASA701
LASEs801
LASEt601 / LASEt701

Contact: Fleur Thomese

Background

Housing is central in the daily lives of most older adults. It is conditional to mobility and socio-economic opportunities. Characteristics such as the type of or the availability of special adjustments are also relevant to residential relocation. Relocation and temporary migration (second homes) in turn may be of importance for the personal network and exchange of support.

Information on relocation can be found here.

Information on neighborhood characteristics can be found here.

Measurement instruments

Independent was observed by the interviewer or asked to the respondent or proxy during the telephone interview. Accessibility was asked to the respondent if the interviewer could not observe it. These assessments were only repeated if the respondent had moved. All other characteristics were assessed through self-reports by the respondent.

Questionnaires

LASAB014 / LASAC014 / LASAD014 / LASAE014 / LAS2B014 / LASAF014 / LASAG014 / LASAH014 / LAS3B014 / LASMB014 / LASAI014 / LASAJ014 (main interview, in Dutch);
LASAB015 / LASAC015 / LASAD015 /LASAE015 / LAS2B015 / LASAF015 / LASAG015 / LASAH015 / LAS3B015 / LASAI015 / LASAJ015 (main interview, in Dutch);
hinde(p) in LASAC601† / LASAD601 / LASAE601 / LASAF601 / LASAG601 / LASAH601, LASAI601 / LASAJ601 (telephone interview with PROXY, in Dutch);
hinde(p) in LASAD701 / LASAE701 / LASAF701 / LASAG701 / LASAH701 / LASAI701 / LASAJ701 (telephone interview with RESP, in Dutch)

† in C also with respondent

Interim measurement:

LASEs801 (questions 4, 4a in self-admin. questionnaire, in Dutch);
LASEt601 (questions 5, 5a in telephone interview with PROXY, in Dutch);
LASEt701 (questions 4, 4a in telephone interview with RESP, in Dutch)

Variable Information

LASAB014 / LASAC014 / LASAD014 / LASAE014 / LAS2B014 / LASAF014 / LASAG014 / LASAH014 / LAS3B014 / LASMB014 / LASAI014 / LASAJ014
(pdf);
LASAB015 / LASAC015 / LASAD015 / LASAE015 / LAS2B015 / LASAF015 / LASAG015 / LASAH015 / LAS3B015 / LASAI015 / LASAJ015
(pdf);

LASAC601 / LASAD601 / LASAE601 / LASAF601 / LASAG601 / LASAH601 / LASAI601 / LASAJ601 (J not available yet)
(pdf);
LASAD701 / LASAE701 / LASAF701 / LASAG701 / LASAH701 / LASAI701 / LASAJ701 (J not available yet)
(pdf)


Interim measurement:
esthouse, esthoumo, esthouye, estmoved, estmohch, estyehch in LASEs801
(pdf);
epthouse, epthoumo, epthouye, eptmoved, eptchhmo, eptchhye in LASEt601
(pdf);
erthouse, erthoumo, erthouye, ertmoved, ertchhmo, ertchhye in LASEt701
(pdf)

Availability of information per wave
¹

014
Housing characteristics
BCDEIM*
2B*
FGH

3B*
MB*
IJK*
IndependentMa
-
-
Ma
Tr
Tp
Ma
Tr
Tp
Ma
Tr
Tp
-
-
-
Ma
-
-
Ma
Tr
Tp
Ma
Tr
Tp
Ma
Tr
Tp
Ma
-
-
Ma
-
-
Ma
Tr
Tp
Ma
Tr
Tp
AccessibilityMaMaMaMa--
MaMaMaMa-MaMa
Type ofMa
-
-
Ma
Tr
Tp
Ma
Tr
Tp
Ma
Tr
Tp
Sa
Tr
Tp
Ma
-
-
Ma
Tr
Tp
Ma
Tr
Tp
Ma
Tr
Tp
Ma
-
-
-
-
-
Ma
Tr
Tp
Ma
Tr
Tp
Adaptations in the houseMaMaMaMa-MaMaMaMaMa-MaMa
SatisfactionMaMaMaMa-MaMaMaMaMa-MaMa
015
Years in neighbourhood
MaMaMaMa-MaMaMaMaMa-MaMa
015**
Housing tenure
MaMaMaMa-MaMaMaMaMa-MaMa
015
Mortgage
MaMaMaMa-MaMaMaMaMa-MaMa

¹ More information about the LASA data collection waves is available here.

* IM=interim measurement between E and F (first cohort only);
2B=baseline second cohort;
3B=baseline third cohort;
MB=migrants: baseline first cohort;
K=future wave 2021-2022

Ma=data collected in main interview;
Sa=data collected in self-administered questionnaire;
Tr=data collected in telephone interview with respondent;
Tp=data collected in telephone interview with proxy

** Housing tenure  (015)
One question assessed whether the respondent house owner, tenant, subtenant, co-resident of the house, or that the respondent lived there for free. If the house was owned, a second question was asked whether or not the house had a mortgage. Answers were yes or no.

Previous use in LASA

Housing characteristics have been related to the quality of life of frail older persons. (Boer et al., 2011) Thomese and Broese van Groenou  (2006) studied the adjustments people made to their social and physical environments after health decline.

To assess antecedents of residential relocation objective characteristics of the at departure and destination were used, which included the type of , ownership, and adaptions in the house (Bloem, Van Tilburg & Thomése, 2008). Moving to an institutional setting was associated with reduced loneliness in frail older persons (Bloem & van Tilburg, 2006).

References

  1. Bloem, B.A., Van Tilburg, T.G., Thomése, G.C.F. (2008). Residential mobility in older Dutch adults: Influence of later life events. International Journal of Ageing and Later Life, 1, 3, 21-44.
  2. Bloem, B.A., Van Tilburg, T.G. (2006). Less lonely after moving? In: Rooilijn (Tijdschrift voor Wetenschap en Beleid in de Ruimtelijke Ordening. Wonen en Zorg (no. 5, pp. 221-226). Assen: Van Gorcum.
  3. Boer, A. de, Oudijk, D. & Broese Van Groenou, M.I. (2011a). Housing and care. In C. van Campen (Ed.), Frail older persons in the Netherlands (pp. 143-158). The Hague: Netherlands Institute for Social Research.
  4. Boer, A. de, Ouddijk, D. & Broese Van Groenou, M.I. (2011a). Wonen en zorg. In Kwetsbare ouderen (pp. 149-164). Den Haag: Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau. (pdf)
  5. Thomése, G.C.F., Broese van Groenou, M.I. (2006). Adaptive strategies after health decline in later life: increasing the person-environment fit by adjusting the social and physical environment. European Journal of Ageing, 3, 169-177.


Date of last update: February, 2015