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MARCH 2022

For Our Seniors

This Tuesday was our team’s first day back in the office, and the first item on the agenda – pack up and ship our booth and materials for next month’s Environments for Aging Conference & Expo, April 2-5 in Milwaukee. That certainly made things feel “back to normal” here!

Although we may be emerging from the pandemic, as we head to EFA we’re reminded of the many challenges and needs exposed by COVID in our senior care environments. We saw seniors’ vulnerability to disease and their isolation, and it left us asking “what more can we do for them to support and nurture a safe, healthy and long life?”

The EFA Conference is the ideal place to find those answers. If you haven’t registered there’s still time.

If you can’t attend, The Center has an extensive offering of research, tools and resources to advance your design for aging IQ, including:

Impact of Aging Toolkit: Normally available only to Affiliate+ members, thanks to support from Patcraft the toolkit is now open to all. It contains a vast array of CHD created and curated content.

Interactive Design Diagrams: With applications to Universal Design, Healthcare at Home and Aging in Place, they illustrate the link between the evidence base, design strategies and desired outcomes.

Design for Aging Virtual Workshop, August 17-18, 2022: Now in its third year, expert panels share insights, innovations and new models for healthy aging environments. Sign up to receive agenda updates.

Searching for “aging” or other related topics in our Research Knowledge Repository or Insights & Solutions Resource Library will yield thousands of results.

Thanks for everything you do to improve the care and lives of our beautiful, loving and deserving seniors. I hope to see you in Milwaukee.

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


Two Free Webinars on Behavioral Health  

Day In the Life: Innovative Design for Behavioral Health

March 17, 2022
10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT
FREE | CEUs Available

How do you create a psychiatric unit space that is flexible, safe and secure, but also highly focused on hospitality and positive patient environments? Learn how key elements – focused listening, intentional communication and 3-D modeling – can address critical gaps in patient safety.

Learn more and register here.

Designed for the Mind: Environments for Behavioral Telehealth Delivery

March 17, 2022
12:00 PM PDT / 3:00 PM EDT
FREE | CEUs Available

Explore the implications of telehealth on behavioral health care delivery, as well as the design, infrastructure, construction and technology considerations for creating environments that support successful telepsychiatry programs.

Learn more and register here.

Sponsor Partners


Free Tools & Resources

Next Thursday 3/24: Voices of the Industry

Equity in Health and Wellness: The Power of Design for People and Communities

It has long been understood that disparities exist in the access and delivery of healthcare and opportunities for overall wellness. The power that design has to engage and address those disparities for people and our communities is profound.

Listen in on this conversation and explore the many opportunities available to leverage design’s power in the pursuit of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Hosted by Roderic Walton, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, this session offers a unique opportunity to hear from esteemed thought leaders - Victoria Navarro, MBA-HCM, Maya Bird-Murphy, AIA, LEED Green Associate, SEED, and Gloria McNeal, PhD, MSN, ACNS-BC, FAAN. They share their insights on social determinants of health, community driven initiatives, health and wellness education, and the potential of positive influence through the design process.

Register here.



Upcoming Events

Make Sure to Get These Events on Your Calendar

3/18, Deadline: 2022 HCD Changemaker Award Nominations Due

4/2, Environments for Aging 2022 Conference & Expo

4/27-28, 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT, Workshop: Infection Control and Prevention: Design for Safer and Healthier Environments

Infection control and prevention has been a critical consideration in the design and construction of the healthcare-built environment for decades, and given what we have experienced throughout the pandemic, it remains a top priority.

Lead by industry experts, this intensive and interactive two-day workshop will explore new and evolving approaches to infection control through new design innovations, clinical methods, technologies, and protocols.

Learn more and register here.

6/3, Deadline: Joseph G. Sprague New Investigator Award RFP Due

Classic Resources

Slidecast: The Children’s Council as a Means of Participation in a Hospital

In an effort to bring the young patient’s voice into the healthcare design process for a hospital, researchers used “Lego Serious Play” methodology to give children the means to show and express their ideas.

This study shows a creative way to gain the insight of children through a design decision making process. While a more rigorous approach would be beneficial for better generalizability, the general framework is there: ask the children what isn’t working, give them a chance to show you what they want and need, and what design ideas they have to get there.

EDAC Advocate Firm Project: Monument Health Rapid City Hospital Rapid City, SD | ARCH Design

The goal of this project was to create a more patient-centric environment by representing the people and culture of Monument Health Rapid City Hospital’s local community. Following an evidence-based design (EBD) approach, ARCH Design expanded upon the concepts of local nature-based art to create a comforting and cohesive environment that resonates with the regional population.

Industry News Briefs

Furniture Decisions Play an Important Role in Behavior Health Facilities

The COVID-19 pandemic has shined light on several areas of healthcare, particularly behavioral health. As more people are paying attention to their mental well-being, demand is growing for behavioral health facilities. In response, healthcare systems are launching expansions and new construction of behavioral health facilities. When planning such projects, designers must take into account appropriate furnishings and the way patients will interact with them.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Exploring the World of Architecture and Bioethics

In health care architecture, design is being increasingly employed to affect patient outcomes, alter specific behaviors and mediate the interactions of those within health care spaces. The advances in design science have progressed to the point that the built environment in health care can be considered akin to medical interventions. And, as with medical interventions, the nature, risks, benefits and alternatives should be disclosed to patients and caregivers.
Health Facilities Management Magazine,

Capabilities for Health Systems to Meet Growing Consumer Demand

Hospitals and health systems have significantly accelerated their technology roadmaps and advanced their digital strategies by leaps and bounds over the last few years. It shouldn’t be missed, however, that consumer demand for convenient, digital access and self-service has also increased dramatically over this period. As a result, there is still a substantial opportunity for hospitals and health systems to streamline access to care and meet permanently-elevated consumer expectations.
MedCity News,

Cleaning Strategies for Furniture, Furnishings and Patient Care Equipment

Can each surface be cleaned and disinfected effectively in the timeframe set for completing that task? The typical response from a manufacturer is, “Yes, you can use anything to clean all surfaces.” Clearly, this is not the case. For example, not all surfaces of a bed can be effectively cleaned and disinfected the same way. Further questioning often reveals a lack of understanding of infection-prevention protocols and cleaning and disinfection products that are used at different times and in different situations.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

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