Hospital Ward of the Future

 

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This rendering institutes the concept of Philips’ Luminous panels within a hospital’s corridors. The diffused lighting, colours, and scenes from nature present a stimulating and dynamic feeling, while also providing wayfinding cues (Abungin Coronel, Halleran, Lang, et al., 2017).
Sources:
Abungin Coronel, A., Halleran, L., Lang, A., Abreu Ligabue, F., Mulvale, A., Saby, A., Tagari, S., Talebzadeh, A. (2017). Designing for the Dementia Environment. Unpublished. OCAD University

Philips’ Luminous Textile

Luminous textile combines multi-colored LEDs seamlessly within textile panels that also soften sound. You can choose the size and number of panels as well as how you arrange them. Luminous textile panels, made with re rated Kvadrat textiles, are completely integrated, making them very easy to install.

The combination of elements used in each luminous textile panel creates acoustic properties that absorb sounds. These textile helps dampen sound and soften echoes. The combination of soft, diffused light and the aesthetics of the material creates a
very special effect that has an almost dreamlike quality. They come in a wide
range of sizes and can be arranged in infinite ways. One huge mood wall can be created as a sensational backdrop or scattered individual panels can cover a wall and display fluid content across them. These images help distract the patients in a positive way, giving them something to focus on. Recordings from Philips’ online standard portfolio can be chosen to add decorative aspects or to produce a natural ambience; one could also upload their own content. These natural themes help people feel connected to the outside which helps create a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere, for both the patient and staff. The reduction of a hectic atmosphere also lends to faster recovery times for the patients as it helps them be calm and cooperative. The luminous textile is easy to control with any device that is connected to the panel network.

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Philips Luminous textile projecting a blue sky with white clouds slowly passing by; providing a sense of tranquility and instituting an artificial circadian rhythm within an indoor environment (Philips, n.d.).
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Philips Luminous textile projection of a setting sun, providing a feeling of serenity and instituting an artificial circadian rhythm within an indoor environment with the lighting of the setting of the sun (Philips, n.d.).
Sources:
Philips. Philips Large Luminous Surfaces. Retrieved from http://www.largeluminoussurfaces.com/

Literature Review: Caring for People with Dementia: noise and light; by: Dewing

Assessing and modifying light and noise levels in the environment can contribute to providing dignified care for older people with dementia and for other older people with a range of sensory and cognitive impairments.

In an environment where there is no education, audit or regular evaluation of noise and light levels, sensory stimulation can become unbalanced. There are many situations, in various care setting, where people with dementia exhibit what are often referred to as ‘behavioral problems’, such as anxiety and agitation that are partially a consequence of being in an environment that is not dementia friendly or enabling. At the core of this is often sensory overload or under load from noise and light sources.

Most care settings are noisy places. Older people would not be used to the levels of noise, the continuous noise and noise associated with movement going on around them in their own homes. Background noise from telephones and machines, trolleys and other pieces of equipment, the television and radios all increase auditory stimulation. The motion of people coming and going also adds another layer to auditory stimulation.

Noise levels in hospital can become a form of environmental pollution. Sudden noises, such as when equipment is dropped or when doors arc slammed, cause a startle reflex, which as well as causing various physiological responses in the person with dementia, can also increase their sense of disorientation and insecurity.

Assessment of noise and tight levels in the environment is the first step to providing a more person-centered and dementia-friendly environment.

  • Typical Decibel (dB) Levels:

Threshold of acute hearing – 0 dB

Rustle of Leaves – 10 dB

Sleeping, studying, whispering – 30 dB

Conversation, comfort – 50-60 dB

Safety Threshold – 85 dB

Rock Band – 120 dB

Threshold of Pain – 130 dB

 

Sources:
Dewing, J. (2009). Caring for people with dementia: noise and light. Nursing Older People, 21(5), 34-38. doi:10.7748/nop2009.06.21.5.34.c7102