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Insights & Solutions

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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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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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Issue Brief
November 2016 Issue Brief
As part of the impact of aging toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about the current state of aging and associated health conditions, the alignment between universal design and sustainable design strategies inspired by environments for aging, and universal design models that enable flexible and adaptable spaces to support aging needs and human needs.
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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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Project Brief
April 2016 Project Brief
Learn about: Geisinger Health System’s efforts to create a new Hybrid Operating Room that flexes to accommodate different surgical setups and storage needs, how vendors working closely together around common goals can improve efficiency and maximize results, and the need to maintain flexibility in the built environment to allow designs to meet changing circumstances and incorporate improved technologies. 
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Lessons Learned
January 2016 Lessons Learned

The following are compiled from research literature, case studies, interviews, and other materials to provide an overview on the topic of perception of cleanliness.   

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Project Brief
January 2016 Project Brief
Learn about: a streamlined design with easy-to-move furnishings and standardized cleaning products that help Environmental Services staff be more efficient and effective, smart furniture selection that can help reduce cleaning time, and the connection between a clean environment and patient satisfaction.
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Tool
January 2016 Tool
This tool provides healthcare designers and professionals with ideas on how to address the issue of hand hygiene and infection control in facility design. 
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Design Strategies
January 2016 Design Strategies
A clean healthcare environment helps improve an organization’s infection prevention efforts, patient satisfaction, and bottom-line.  The built environment design constitutes a key component of a systems approach to keeping the healthcare environment clean.
Tool
June 2018 Tool

Healthcare is provided in a variety of settings, from a person’s home to outpatient clinics, to the hospital. While the settings and specific design elements may differ across the continuum of care, the objectives of safety, efficiency, satisfaction, and high quality care remain constant. This set of interactive diagrams provides a link between the evidence base, design strategies, and desired outcomes – in a visually intuitive and actionable format.