Designing for an Aging Population!
Aging can become a very lonely process as things that used to be easy suddenly become a real struggle. Without proper support from the built environment, this already challenging time can seem hopeless.
With an ever increasing aging population, health and wellness in the design process is becoming increasingly important. The interior environment can have a significant impact on human health; it is essential to provide end-users with a space that provides a sense of well-being.
Here are some things to consider when choosing proper designs and finishes:
Interiors should promote central areas, breaking away from the old standard of long corridors that create resident separation.
The population in many facilities can vary greatly. Often times you will see several generations of residents and staff under one roof. Areas must be designed with the right amenities and styles that are not too specific in order to keep harmony among the generations.
Consider the needs of the different populations within your facility.
Achieve simplicity in your design which will help everyone feel safe and comfortable.
Colors can be used to improve memory, independence and comfort. The use of color can help compensate for the physical and cognitive losses that often occur as we age.
Do you need help implementing these ideas? The staff at DCS is trained in creating interiors that promote healing and happiness.
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