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

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dc.contributor.advisor Perkins, Nathan Shlemkevich, Karen 2017-05-03T14:24:24Z 2017-05-03T14:24:24Z 2017-04 2017-04-20 2017-05-03
dc.description.abstract Residents 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.sponsorship University of Guelph, Kenneth W. Knox Graduate Leadership Travel Grant en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject nutrition en_US
dc.subject nature en_US
dc.subject institution en_US
dc.subject seniors en_US
dc.subject living wall en_US
dc.subject elderly en_US
dc.title The influence of a greenwall on residents' eating habits in a long-term care facility dining room en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Landscape Architecture en_US Master of Landscape Architecture en_US School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US
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