Abstract: The effects of aging on society have led to various studies on professional services facilities for the elderly. Due to the specialty of Geriatrics hospitals concerning both the elderly and medical care, studies regarding Geriatrics hospitals are extremely lacking. In light of this, hierarchy analyses of the floor compositions of geriatric hospital treatment wards where elderly individuals reside were undertaken. Upon undertaking the analyses, the results were further applied for the purpose of establishing basic research materials used to design the treatment wards of Geriatrics hospitals. In doing so, the following conclusions were reached. The floor compositions of geriatric hospitals presented tree type and ring type structures in which shallow tree type and shallow ring type structures were presented, respectively. Connectivity of the treatment wards of Geriatrics hospitals each presented high connectivity in the hallways which was due to the characteristics of tree type and ring type structures. The integration levels of the nurses stations of Geriatrics hospital treatment wards presented a convex space indicative of high integration levels. This meant that the location of nurses stations can affect improvements in integration levels. The tree type floor composition structure of Geriatrics hospital treatment wards presented higher spatial structure intelligibility compared to ring type structures which indicated that such space could easily be used by the elderly.
Heangwoo Lee, Heykyung Park and Suktae Kim, 2018. A Study on Hierarchy Analysis of the Floor Compositions of Geriatric Hospital Treatment Wards. Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 13: 7826-7833.