Studies in the Arts (SINTA)

Dissertation of Minou Afzali

Communication Design in Culturally Sensitive Residential and Nursing Homes

Culture-specific care facilities for the elderly are an answer to the need among older immigrants to live in an environment that takes their personal and cultural background into account. The goal of this study is to investigate the design and communication environment of so-called «Mediterranean» care homes for the elderly, in order to identify those aspects that are regarded as positive by its residents or that have a positive impact on their state of well-being. Furthermore, it will be examined whether these aspects can be adapted to regular long-term care facilities for the elderly. Finally, recommendations for the design of culturally sensitive environments in facilities for the elderly and infirm will be developed that could support the transcultural shift in care facilities for which experts are calling at present.


Prof. Dr. Heinzpeter Znoj, Universität Bern, Institut für Sozialanthropologie
Prof. Dr. Arne Scheuermann, Hochschule der Künste Bern HKB, Forschungsschwerpunkt Kommunikationsdesign