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Insights & Solutions

Issue Brief
April 2019 Issue Brief
A White Paper Supporting the Healthcare at Home Interactive Design Diagrams  
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Project Brief
May 2018 Project Brief
Learn about the capacity of a virtual nature experience to significantly reduce stress, reduce anxiety, and increase pleasure, and treatment strategies that provide hope of reducing pharmacologic interventions and of improving quality of life for individuals with dementia and the staff who care for them.
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Lessons Learned
April 2017 Lessons Learned
The following are compiled from research literature, case studies, interviews, and other materials to provide an overview on the topic of aging populations.  
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Project Brief
February 2017 Project Brief
Learn about: how the physical setting of a special care unit for dementia patients can affect their behavior in both positive and negative ways, design features that may help engage residents and foster socialization, and strategic choices of flooring surfaces, flooring transitions, and wayfinding that can help create a safer environment.
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Interview
February 2017 Interview
Learn about: why the needs of older people are often overlooked, how universal design can support people as they age, how universal design also benefits people of varying abilities and generations, and the need for designers to think about functionality in new and existing spaces.
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Project Brief
February 2017 Project Brief
Learn about: How UMCPP accommodates the unique needs of senior citizens through a special ED unit, design features that were included to help older patients and their families better navigate the space, and the hospital’s acute care for the elderly (ACE) unit, and why it is configured to transition senior ED patients for an inpatient stay in the most supportive environment.
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Tool
November 2016 Tool
This tool is meant to support a universal design approach to environments for aging populations. 
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Design Strategies
November 2016 Design Strategies
Aging often involves a multitude of changing needs and priorities. However, there are human needs and desires that remain constant throughout the life course. Design strategies for aging must not only address basic physiological and safety needs, but attend to higher-level human needs as well. The universal design approach is being adopted by many forward-thinking designers who aim to support equitable, flexible, and accessible environments for all users.  
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Project Brief
November 2016 Project Brief
Learn about: the homelike model for resident care Riverside Assisted Living Facility Administration wanted to apply, the full-scale mock-ups of the proposed living spaces that launched the project, and the ‘neighborhood’ concept that enables greater resident independence as well as safety.
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Executive Summary
March 2015 Executive Summary

Learn about: reasons why traditional acute care fails to meet the needs of older adults, acute care risks that contribute to poor outcomes among older adults, and design strategies for supportive acute care environments.