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Understanding Aging To Create Senior-Friendly Healthcare Spaces

April 1, 2015     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
There’s little evidence-based design research that sheds lights on what environments will promote positive outcomes for senior patients, specifically. Yet there’s plenty of information available on the physical effects of aging that can shape successful care spaces to support those 65 and older during their hospital stays.
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Take 5 With Laura Poltronieri

March 31, 2015     Posted by Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
The principal with Poltronieri Tang & Associates discusses the top five trends and issues getting her attention right now.
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Designing For The Generational Shift

Center for Addiction and Mental Health designed by Stantec and C4 Architects
March 10, 2015     Barbara Horwitz-Bennett
Older patients have always been among the most frequent users of healthcare services. But as baby boomers continue to age, the number of seniors entering acute care facilities is skyrocketing, pushing providers and designers to create spaces that support their outcomes and satisfaction.
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Finding Friendship Through Architecture

January 7, 2015     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

Cleveland Clinic’s Randy Geise and 13-year-old patient Brendan Watson share an interest in campus buildings, 3-D models, and knock-knock jokes. Their story is a reminder that design ideas—as well as friendships—can be found in unexpected places.

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Creating Healthcare Environments That Improve Health

January 5, 2015     Sheila F. Cahnman

For years, healthcare designers have worked to create spaces that promote healing. But in an age where health and wellness are at the forefront of medicine, what about designing environments that actually improve health? Here are a few ideas.

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Best of 2014: Increasing Patient Satisfaction By Decreasing Patient Room Size

December 18, 2014     Esperanza Harper, Nicholas Watkins, and Tamra Minnier

When creating a right-sized patient room to support patient/family-centered care, the design team behind the new UPMC East hospital found that more square footage wasn’t necessarily the answer.

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Integrating Behavioral, Primary Care At Centerstone

October 27, 2014     Margie Monin Dombrowski
A new facility for Centerstone of Tennessee ties primary and behavioral healthcare to create a unified space and continuum of care for patients of all ages.
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EBD Theory Becomes Practice At WellStar Paulding Hospital

October 21, 2014     Sara O. Marberry
The new WellStar Paulding Hospital in Hiram, Ga., is steeped in evidence-based design to create a space that showcases healthcare’s proven best practices.
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Community Health: It’s Not Just A Numbers Game

September 25, 2014     Abbie Clary
To truly measure a community’s need for healthcare services, it’s important to look beyond quantitative and even qualitative data to define what health and wellness means to residents, and how that can be supported by the built environment.
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Using Psychiatric Facility Design To Inspire Integrated Care Spaces

September 18, 2014     James M. Hunt
In order to answer the industry push to treat both general and psychiatric patients in one location, the proper physical environment to support integrated care is essential. In order to make these spaces safe—and attractive—for all, there’s plenty to learn from design solutions already being applied in psychiatric care settings.
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Patient Bathroom Designs Balance Style And Safety

June 25, 2014     Barbara Horwitz-Bennett
Design directives inspiring today’s patient bathrooms put safety first but incorporate hospitality touches, too, leaving designers with plenty of options to consider and pursue.
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Full Immersion: A Personal Perspective On ADA Codes

June 16, 2014     Christine Guzzo Vickery
After learning plenty of lessons from being a patient in a hospital he designed, one healthcare architect gained a whole new perspective on accessibility, too, when he left the hospital in a wheelchair.
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Boomer Nation: Applying Generational Research To Design Approaches

May 8, 2014     Gary Vance
While not a lot of research exists specifically on designing for baby boomers, there’s plenty of information available on the generation in general that can be used to shape the design of healthcare spaces to support the aging population.
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Boomer Nation: Improving Building Entrances For Seniors

April 10, 2014     Gary Vance
Often unfamiliar with the path of travel when entering a healthcare facility, seniors are at risk for falls, requiring thoughtful design of the entry sequence.
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Can I Help You With That Door?

April 3, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
A trip to an orthopedic office illustrates the importance of remembering the patients you’re designing for and how their needs should be considered with every design choice you make—starting with the front door.
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