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Impacts of Home Modifications on Aging-in-Place

Author(s): Hwang, E., Cummings, L., Sixsmith, A., Sixsmith, J.

Critical infrastructure risk in NHS England: predicting the impact of building portfolio age

Author(s): Mills, G. R. W., Deka, L., Price, A. D. F., Rich-Mahadkar, S., Pantzartzis, E., Sellars, P.

Workplace design for the Australian residential aged care workforce

Author(s): Naccarella, L., Newton, C., Pert, A., Seemann, K., Williams, R., Sellick, K., Dow, B.
This study explored the impact of the workplace physical environment on staff in a residential aged care (RAC) facility in Australia. There is a current and projected shortage of RAC workers in Australia. Historically, research has focused on traditional methods to support the RAC workforce, including staff recruitment, staff wages, funding training, career creation, regulations, work design, staff conditions, staff retention, workforce planning, and new models of care. This study sought to determine the impact of workplace design features on staff.
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Flooring as an intervention to reduce injuries from falls in healthcare settings: an overview

Author(s): Drahota, A., Gal, D., Windsor, J.
As the elderly population grows, the risk of falls in healthcare settings and of injuries resulting from falls will increase, as this population exhibits higher risk for falling due to age-related factors. Researchers have long focused on variables that impact fall prevention in healthcare settings; yet, since prevention of all falls is not possible, and about 30% of patient falls result in injury, there is growing interest in understanding strategies for injury prevention, to reduce the more serious cost and health implications of falls. 
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The Impact of Bedside Technology on Patients’ Well-Being

Author(s): Tanja-Dijkstra K.
The presence of wires, tubes, and monitors near the bedside may contribute to patients’ stress and anxiety. One of the trends in healthcare design is to organize the headwalls of patient rooms in such a way as to reduce clutter and minimize the visibility of medical equipment. 
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Structuring the Environmental Experience Design Research Framework through Selected Aged Care Facility Data Analyses in Victoria

Author(s): Ma, N., Chau, H.-W., Zhou, J., Noguchi, M.
There is a strong relationship between the behavior of building occupants and the spaces they use. The design of such spaces affects their psychological well-being in ways that are not fully understood.
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Multisensory Installations in Residential Aged-Care Facilities: Increasing Novelty and Encouraging Social Engagement Through Modest Environmental Changes

Author(s): Scott, T. L., Masser, B. M., & Pachana, N. A.
When the environment of aged-care facilities is perceived as more aesthetically pleasing, it is positively related to improved mood and well-being for residents and staff. Unfortunately, most residential care environments for the elderly are planned around their physical needs.
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Designing interiors to mitigate physical and cognitive deficits related to aging and to promote longevity in older adults: A review

Author(s): Engineer, A., Sternberg, E. M., Najafi, B.
As the global population of elderly people increases, healthcare providers and designers alike are faced with the question of how to continually optimize the design of healthcare environments so that a high quality of life is upheld. 
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A controlled evaluation of comprehensive geriatric assessment in the emergency department: the ‘Emergency Frailty Unit’

Author(s): Conroy, S. P., Ansari, K., Williams, M., Laithwaite, E., Teasdale, B., Dawson, J., Mason, S., Banerjee, J.
Referring to data from emergency departments (EDs) in England, the authors infer that as the number of elderly grow, so does their number attending emergency departments. The data also shows that almost 62% of seniors (80 years and over) visiting EDs in England are transferred to hospitals for further treatment. Literature indicates that such transfers result in increased use of resources, higher risk of adverse events, longer stays, and higher rates of readmission and use of long-term facilities.
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Impact of NICU design on environmental noise

Author(s): Szymczak, S. E., Shellhaas, R. A.
Literature shows that preterm infants can be adversely affected by sounds in a hospital. Yet completely quiet environments may potentially limit a much-needed exposure to language. This presents a challenge to designing an optimal sound environment in NICUs. This study examined the acoustic variance in open bay and single room NICUs and found that there was little variability in the acoustic environment of the two NICU models. It also found that the single room NICU had longer periods of silence than the open bay NICU.
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