Daylight in Healthcare Facilities: Window Management Through Roller Shades

Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 1:00 p.m. EST, 12:00 p.m. CST

Daylighting brings many benefits to the healthcare environment including fostering wellness and ultimately yielding higher patient satisfaction with their environment. Strategies for selecting and specifying a window management system for the highest utilization of daylight will be explained and reviewed.  Motorization, integration with other systems, patient control of shades, and its benefits will be explained. 

Incorporating Patient Handling Ergonomics into the Design of Healthcare Facilities: Patient and Caregiver Benefits


Over the years, caregivers have been injured at similar or higher rates than construction workers and other jobs we consider very high risk. If caregivers are working injured or medicated due to injuries (and they do), how safe is that patient care environment?  More and more evidence relates the decrease in negative patient outcomes (falls, skin breakdown, and others) when patient care ergonomic technology is incorporated into healthcare environments.

True Colors: The Impact of Fabric Color and Texture


Just as no two snowflakes match, there are many variations between fabrics—and those differences are important.  The fabrics around us - those that we’re seeing and feeling against our skin, influence our thoughts and behaviors. 

Implementing Biophilic Design: Enhancing the Patient and Staff Experience


Healthcare design professionals have long understood the value of healing gardens and views to the outdoors as a means of connecting building occupants to nature. While gardens and views are important design opportunities, these are only two of many strategies that support biophilia – our innate affinity for the living world. Projects can leverage a wide range of other approaches to tap into this aspect of our subconscious, increasing potential benefits to health and wellbeing.

Manual, Motorized, and Automated Roller Shades: Key Contributions to a Healing Environment


The impact of daylight on healthcare environments and the healing process should not be underestimated. When choosing a window management system, there are many variables and design concepts that must be considered to achieve the maximum benefits of natural light.