Awareness of ‘sound’ in nursing homes: A large-scale soundscape survey in Flanders (Belgium)

Aletta Francesco, Tara Vander Mynsbrugge, Dominique Vandervelde, Patricia De Vriendt, Pieter Thomas, Karlo Filipan, Dick Botteldooren, Paul Devos

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

17 Citations (Scopus)


There are relatively few studies on the acoustic environment of care facilities. However, sound is an important component of the users’ experience and quality of life in these spaces, and particularly in nursing homes, where both staff and residents have medium- to long-term perspectives, contrarily to hospital settings. This study included an online large-scale survey for nursing homes in Flanders and it targeted the group of professionals. It aimed at providing an overview about noise sensitivity and sound perception of the staff members in their work environment, as well as investigating the potential effects on sound perception of staff role and context. Results showed that limited differences emerged for staff roles, while more differences were found when exploring the context factor. Overall, the results of this study claim for further attention on the management and design of the sound environment in these facilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-59
Number of pages17
JournalBuilding Acoustics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


  • Indoor soundscape
  • long-term care
  • noise sensitivity
  • sound perception
  • sound quality

Cite this