Current healthcare design strategies support younger, independent, able-bodied individuals with full cognitive capabilities. The design of healthcare facilities needs to be carefully reconsidered in order to meet the needs of older adults (many with cognitive impairments) and those who accompany them. This session explores the most challenging aspects of accommodating the needs of older people in healthcare settings from the perspectives of designers, care providers, patients, and their companions. Further, the presenters offer lessons learned, practical insights, and timely advice from their participation in The Facility Guidelines Institute’s Inclusive Design Committee that was conceived to address design inclusivity and responsiveness throughout the continuum of healthcare environments.
Addie Abushousheh, PhD, Assoc. AIA, EDAC
The Center for Health Design
Jane M. Rohde, AIA, FIIDA, ASID, ACHA, CHID, LEED AP BD+C
Green Globes CIEB Assessor Principal
JSR Associates, Inc.
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