Feng Shui elements and life areas approach for older persons in a nursing care facility
The main purpose of this series of studies is to explore, compare, and apply the Feng Shui approach to older persons in a nursing care facility who often need to adapt to a new environment away from home. This research includes both qualitative and quantitative studies. A questionnaire about the harmony of the residents' environment was established through literature review. interviews, and observations. A correlation between the Occupational Environment Harmony Questionnaire (OEHQ) and a physical symptom inventory was established. The questionnaire was used as a screening tool for measuring imbalance within the occupational environment of the residents in a nursing care facility before the F eng Shui approach was given. The first phase of this research emphasized expanding the knowledge about a subsystem of occupational environment through interviews and observations of the residents in a nursing home. The aim of the study was to explore the phenomena of energy flow within the context of Feng Shui elements and life areas. The results showed the elements and life areas ofFeng Shui were meaningful and important to residents, even though some of them reported a lack of current experience with some elements. The second phase of this study focused on
investigating the correlation between the Wahler Physical Symptom Inventory (WPSD and OEHQ, which was created according to Feng Shui life areas and essential themes of the results from the first phase. The results showed a high correlation indicating the residents wbo bad the most symptomatic complaints also had greater imbalance among the Feng Shui elements and life areas. The third phase of this study focused on the clinical practice of a Feng Sbui approach. The aim of this study was to demonstrate how the sensory stimulation modalities according to Feng Simi elements were associated with a decrease of physical symptoms. Residents in the Feng Shui treatment group lessened their perception of physical symptoms significantly more than those in the control group. In summary, the elements and life areas of a Feng Shui approach related to the physical symptoms of the older persons in a nursing care facility.