Interior Design - November 2014

Design's role in fall prevention

Fall prevention measures can include high-contrast lips on the shower edge and black toilet seats, but these measures often meet with resistance, according to a blog on the Environments for Aging website


Baby boomers are influencing senior facility design

Three trends are emerging: User-driven design, nature-inspired healing and greater diversity in flooring


Michigan hospital opens natural birthing center

The center includes six private birthing suites equipped with large hydrotherapy tubs, massaging shower heads and other amenities for natural labor and delivery


Understanding design implications of healthcare reform's next step

The recently implemented CMS Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program is tied to quality outcomes and mandated by the Affordable Care Act, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Balancing safety and independence

Senior care facilities with fall-prone populations are trying to balance safety and their residents' desire to live as they choose


Environmental psychology in wayfinding design

Article discusses making wayfinding part of the early design process in healthcare facilities


Vermont psych facility rebuilds after hurricane

Rebuilding Vermont State Hospital offered opportunities to bring facility into the 21st century, according to an article on the Behavioral Healthcare website



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