The influence of a greenwall on residents' eating habits in a long-term care facility dining room

dc.contributor.advisorPerkins, Nathan
dc.contributor.authorShlemkevich, Karen
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T14:24:24Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T14:24:24Z
dc.date.copyright2017-04
dc.date.created2017-04-20
dc.date.issued2017-05-03
dc.degree.departmentSchool of Environmental Design and Rural Developmenten_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Landscape Architectureen_US
dc.degree.programmeLandscape Architectureen_US
dc.description.abstractResidents in Long-Term Care (LTC) facilities often experience poor mood and malnutrition concurrently, both of which can be exacerbated by an inadequate dining experience. A growing body of research suggests that natural environments can improve mental well-being and plants alone might enhance the dining experience. This research hypothesized that a plant wall could influence residents’ length of stay at the dining table and consequently improve food and drink consumption. Nutritional intake and length of stay data were collected before the installation, during and post-installation of a greenwall. Data were analyzed using a series of paired t-tests. Analysis revealed that residents who directly faced the greenwall had a statistically significant increase in fluid intake (p=0.03) and a non-statistically significant increase in food intake (p=0.21). Results suggest that enhancements to the dining room can influence eating habits among residents.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipUniversity of Guelph
dc.description.sponsorshipKenneth W. Knox Graduate Leadership Travel Grant
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/10341
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rights.licenseAll items in the Atrium are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subjectnutritionen_US
dc.subjectnatureen_US
dc.subjectinstitutionen_US
dc.subjectseniorsen_US
dc.subjectliving wallen_US
dc.subjectelderlyen_US
dc.titleThe influence of a greenwall on residents' eating habits in a long-term care facility dining roomen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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