The SOS Toolkit

(Seniors’ Outdoor Survey)

Does your senior community encourage residents to spend time outdoors?
The SOS Tool provides an easy, evidence-based way to evaluate your outdoor areas. Based on research of residents' preferences and actual usage, this tool can help you decide which features to install or improve.

The SOS Tool

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English Version

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SOS Tool Scoresheet

This Excel spreadsheet will automatically convert your raw SOS Tool ratings to scores from 60-100 (poor to excellent). This makes it easy to compare different outdoor features and domains, as well as different facilities. Best of all, the template uses built-in "weightings" that reflect the relative importance of each item, based on research findings and resident preference surveys.

SOS Tool Scoresheet (Excel worksheet)


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Research References

 

Bardenhagen, E., Rodiek, S., Nejati, A., & Lee, C.  2017. The Seniors’ Outdoor Survey (SOS Tool):  A proposed weighting and scoring framework to assess outdoor environments in residential care settings.  Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 22(1), 99-120.

 

 

Additional FREE Resources

 

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Supplemental Readings

Special considerations are required for designing gardens for those with dementia.

These readings from leading experts in the field of dementi
a and designing outdoor space provide detailed guidelines for creating outdoor spaces
that support those with dementia.

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Interactive Exercises

Build the perfect bench. Design doors that are an invitation to the outdoors. Plant trees and place patios. With Access to Nature's suite of interactive exercises, you get a hands-on opportunity to see the effectiveness of good design decisions, and you'll have some fun
in the process.

Research References

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Access to Nature is based on current research about nature's effect on the lives of older adults – click here for a list of references on this topic.