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An opportunity to have a seating area to support dressing is another plus
in the well-designed bathrooms. In healthcare settings, this would support
independence and those with mobility difficulties.
Because of the nature of the design, all of the surfaces are curved or rounded.
Appropriate edge details are often overlooked within the design of bathrooms for
healthcare—eased edges provide easier movement within a space and reduce the
opportunities for bruising or being hurt from falling on to a sharp corner or edge.
The vanity area with excellent indirect edge lighting on the mirror is a detail
that could be beneficial for patients and residents in healthcare and long-term
care design. For anyone who wears glasses, has difficulty seeing, or needs more
magnification, lighting is key to making this successful. The two level mirror also
provides another option for those need further magnification to see. The soft indirect
light that washes the “view” provides additional ambient lighting in a critical task area.
In designing healthcare and long term care settings, competition is becoming more
aggressive. Looking for opportunities to be set apart from other provider’s settings has
grown in importance. The users of healthcare are better-informed consumers, seeking
the best available healthcare solution, no matter what the setting—acute care, outpatient care, or long term care. Evaluation of other industries seeking improvements—
from Southwest and their “transfarency” to the higher end Emirates with a flying ‘spa’
experience—is an example of looking at the hospitality of airlines that could positively
impact the design of healthcare settings. Next time you are traveling, be keen to the
“transformation of time zones” with the use of LED lighting and smart detailing—
instead of focusing only on the leg room—or lack thereof. Bon Voyage!
Jane Rohde is the founding Principal of JSR Associates, Inc.
located in Ellicott City, Maryland. She champions a global cultural
shift toward de-institutionalizing senior living and healthcare facilities
through person-centered principles, research and advocacy, and
design of the built environment. Clientele includes non-profit and for-profit developers,
government agencies, senior living and health care providers, and design firms.
Jane speaks internationally on senior living, aging, healthcare, evidence based
design and sustainability. She is the first recipient of the Environments for Aging
Changemaker Award presented by The Center for Health Design. For more information
or comments, please contact Jane Rohde at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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