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Insights & Solutions

    Podcast
    April 2020 Podcast
    By placing health and wellness at the center of design, construction, technology and programming decisions, Delos is transforming our indoor environments into spaces that actively contribute to human health and well-being. Paul shares how the current crisis is moving beyond political boundaries. “At the end of the day,” Paul shares, “The broader notion of wellness real estate--if we can use our buildings, our homes, our offices, our schools, our hotels, and our senior and assisted living facilities as a way to, constantly and passively, deliver preventative medical intentions through four walls and a roof, there is not one political mind in the world that will have a problem with that.” Paul also discusses Delos’s new Facilities Improvement Program and how it can help our most vulnerable population in this pandemic---our older adults in senior living communities and facilities.
    Webinar
    April 2020 Webinar
    This webinar will share their design process and highlight key attributes of the “Hub of All Things Fun” which includes space for arts and crafts, art therapy, CCTV studio, dramatic play, infant/toddler, kitchen, music therapy, reading, sensory play, and teen activities.
    Slidecast
    April 2020 Slidecast
    Van Heuvelen, J.S. (2019). Isolation or Interaction: Healthcare Provider Experience of Design Change. Sociology of Health & Illness, 41(4), 692-708.  

     

    While the role of the built environment is often overlooked in sociology, van Heuvelen examined the role of the environment as a mediator of organizational culture. This ethnographic study draws on sociology and an "inhabited institutionalist" theoretical framework to assess the staff experience of adjusting to the move from an open-bay to a single family room NICU. Findings show moving to the new SFR unit resulted in less time for discussion and personal support, resulting in a higher reliance on individual assessment skills. This was felt to undermine the culture of collaboration, but in other instances, the prior collaborative culture was transposed. 
    Podcast
    April 2020 Podcast
    In this podcast, Sara Marberry discusses the short-and long-term effects of the current crisis on the healthcare design industry. Sara shares, “A halt on projects in the short term is not necessarily a bad thing.
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    March 2020 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    To provide an “oasis” for patients and their families with an emphasis on wellness, safety and security while being warm, inviting, and comforting. To build the operating delivery model, partnering with other community providers, focusing on a “full service” outpatient continuum of care across sites (physician office, emergency room, hospital ambulatory, hospital inpatient, home care, community ambulatory care) and across levels of service (primary care management, specialty consultation and treatment and chronic care management).
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    March 2020 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    To create a research study similar to those used in healthcare settings to evaluate the impact of the new canine housing habitat model. To understand the impact of the designed environment on staff, volunteers and the dogs who are housed there.
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    March 2020 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The goal was to embellish nature’s restorative qualities with the benefits of this resort’s spa, both in the services provided and in the designed environment in which these services are delivered.
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    March 2020 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The mission of the Zoo’s veterinary center is: “we are a window for the world to witness compassionate veterinary care and collaborative research to conserve all species." In order to achieve this, the goal was to meld the natural world with the manmade world.
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    March 2020 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The project reimagines how a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can function in the future to achieve better outcomes.
    Tool
    March 2020 Tool
    Understanding the personal abilities and unique challenges faced by aging individuals, especially those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, better equips design teams to create supportive care and living spaces. Changes that can be credited to dementia are noticeably different from the changes typical of normal aging, but both can occur at the same time.