have to be on equal footing with games such
as the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for
the younger set, as well as appeal to the older
Candy Crush Saga addicts. To encourage
participation in health and wellness, a program
has to be dynamic, interesting, educational,
and fun! Compliance with recommendations
for healthcare is one of the most difficult parts
of maintaining a continuum of care.
In attending Design Connections in Ponte
Verde in January, 2016, acute care designers
are looking for product durability, long building
service life, and ability to clean product while
maintaining aesthetic over time. These are tall
orders for product manufacturers. As the aesthetic needs to be more than
trendy, it has to be enduring—no more 1980’s “mauve and teal” flashes in
the pan that end up haunting healthcare designers, clients, patients, and
residents for well over two decades. If long service life is key, then how do
designers become “fashion forward”—to allow a fresh appeal and look to
healthcare spaces and remove dated aesthetics?
w Products that are flexible—modularity, movability, and adjustability
are key. Products manufacturers like DIRTT and Herman Miller are no longer
just looking at modularity, but are also evaluating the ease of change that
includes moveable furniture on tracks, walls, and door openings that can
slide and adjust to the need, and overall flexibility within the building environment. We are seeing this with equipment and products that at one time
were considered fixed components, and are now adding movement options,
such as PressalitCare grab bar systems and Adjust-a-sink products.
w Another approach for designers is utilizing a somewhat neutral
palette of finishes that supports changing accent colors and finishes
which can be updated or changed through regular maintenance to
freshen the space—allowing for updates, but supporting longevity of the
base products. This approach could allow designers to have a flexible
section of standards that allows for regular updates that are keyed to
the facilities department, work order system, and regular required work
that would be within an operational budget.
w Technology used for wayfinding provides opportunities to update
images and provide information in a real time format that adds interest,
but can also be interactive. Now that wearables are fashion forward,
the “wander guard” bracelet could have an entirely new meaning, as it
not only tracks a resident’s or patient’s GPS coordinates, but also can
check vitals, provide medication reminders, and quantify the amount of
exercise and movement an individual is completing. This is also a game
changer for providing more freedom of safe movement for residents
that have dementia.
w In the resilient flooring sector, the advance of manufacturing, digital
technologies, and capabilities is expanding the standard vinyl stone and
wood patterns, and creating beautiful textile looks—some resembling
a linen finish and texture and other replicating tonal carpet patterns
with coordinates that provide an interesting aesthetic and appeal to
break up the usage of the luxury vinyl stone and wood grains that have
become a staple within the healthcare industry. New introductions are
being made by Teknoflor®, Mannington, and Metroflor that are taking
resilient floorings to the next level of “fashion forward” thinking.
The future comes upon us every second—the demand is not “what’s next?”
but “what’s now?” as in the next second there is an anticipation for something new and fresh—an immediacy that we have never experienced before
in the design industry. In the built environment this creates a dichotomy
between a fixed building and an interior that can evolve, grow, and change—
to meet operational needs, technological needs, and user needs and desires.
The term of the day is dynamic—thinking of design as never final takes on
the meaning of the future!
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
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Join Us in February
interiors+sources and nGage Events will once again host
Design Connections Healthcare in Ponte Vedre Fla., from
Feb. 13-15, 2017. The program will include continuing
education, one-on-one meetings with manufacturers, and
opportunities to network with other healthcare designers.
The event has the support of IIDA, ASID and AAHID.
Design Connections will be offered at no expense to
design professionals and those interested in attending
should contact Lisa Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Bringing together top Healthcare Designers,
Specifiers, and Suppliers.
New textures and patterns in flooring
break up the use of vinyl stone and
wood grains common in healthcare.
New flooring introductions from Teknoflor
(shown), Mannington, and Metroflor are giving
resilient floors a "fashion forward" feel.