EDUCATING REAL ESTATE AGENTS ON THE UNIQUE HOUSING NEEDS OF GERIATRIC PATIENTS AND THEIR LEVELS OF CARE

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2024
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Bhandari, Pabitra
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Mobley, Joseph Dr.
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Problem Statement: There are not enough age-friendly houses and communities that promotethe overall well-being and safety of elderly people. Knowledge sharing and educating real estate agents on aging in place by healthcare providers could effectively address the distinct housing needs of the geriatric population. Purpose: To educate, increase awareness and confidence among real estate agents to address thehousing needs and approach clients with senior housing requirements more effectively. Methods: A presentation on the current data on the aging population in the world, United States,and Hawai’i and the increased demand for age-ready homes was developed and delivered for about 15-20 minutes among the participants. Results: Increased in participants’ (N=5) overall group mean scores for current knowledge andconfidence levels were observed between pre- and post-surveys. Participants agreed that the presentation helped them increase their confidence. Participants recommended educating the other disciplines that have active roles in aging in place. Discussion: The presentation on the distinct housing needs of geriatrics and level of care showedpromising results for increasing current knowledge and confidence among real estate agents. However, the participants reported a concern that they should not be actively involved in disseminating the idea of aging in place. It would be acting against the client’s interest in making housing decisions. A significant limitation of the project included the small number of participants and lack of sufficient studies. Hence, studies should be conducted in the future to know how real estate agents or other disciplines can impact aging in place.
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Nursing, Nursing, Age-friendly healthcare, Aging in place, Healthy aging
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