Calming Effects of Weighted Blankets
Relax, Refresh, Repeat
There is a huge body of evidence to support the use of weighted items to help calm a person and there are a variety of ways weight treatment can be incorporated into therapy sessions and daily activities.
The product we would like to showcase this month is the weighted blanket. The weighted blanket is currently perceived by both consumers and staff as one of the most helpful of the sensory tools used by people during crisis states. For those of you who can’t sleep there is evidence to support using weighted blankets to relieve Insomnia!
Our newsletter this month is all about Calm and nothing could be calmer or more relaxing than going on holidays. Kathryn and I ventured off recently to celebrate a friends 60th birthday in Cambodia and whilst places like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are frenetic, cruising down the Mekong on a beautiful old timber sailing ship certainly was very relaxing.
Art and Emotion
A recent study showed important components of design which can support the well-being of the elderly to include a variety of spaces, comfort and safety. This led to discussion in the office on ‘calmness’ and various ways this can be achieved. What better source of inspiration than the poets, leaders and brave people of yesteryear?
Revillusion Fireplaces by Dimplex
As designers we know art can often affect our mood and create ambience within a space.
Colour, technique and placement encourage different reactions and emotions. Lively colours will often give a feeling of generally having more energy, while darker colours can bring a sense of melancholy along with a calming, reassuring effect.
The hearth is the heart of the home
Nothing epitomizes winter more than sitting in front of a fireplace mesmerized by the flames making you feel cosy and warm. Introducing Dimplex fireplaces..
"Call Assist" New Facility in SA and Décor + Design
A fireplace is warm, familiar and creates a focal point in the room. Who hasn’t been beguiled by the flickering flames and whiled away many an hour in a comfy chair by the fireplace? J.W. Corley wrote in 1960 that his ideal county home for the aged would focus on heating.
Every month seems to be a busy one here at de Fiddes and this past month was no exception.
This month we visited an award winning facility in SA. This facility absolutely perfected the small scale design model within a vertical building - very impressive!
In the throes of winter we tend to retreat, seeking warm and cosy spaces. We love this space with its focal fireplace, abundance of greenery and wood finishes. A perfect space to curl up with a good book and relax!
Placemaking. What is it and how do we achieve it?
This month I would like to highlight Intergenerational play equipment by Lappset.
Play is important to us all both young and old and having equipment that both generations can use together or individually is important. It also give us a wonderful opportunity to come together to interact and play.
The wisdom of the ages
This month I had the pleasure of attending a Placemaking workshop that was run by David Engwicht from Creative Communities International. There is no doubt that this discipline will become an important component when designing residential aged care.
Through a child's eyes
Seek the wisdom of the ages but look at the world through the eyes of a child (R.Wild)
Many societies have changed over time with fewer families living near or spending time with older family members.
A Colourful Life
This mesmerising shot reminds us to always explore our curiosity. Children have a beautiful way of doing just that, seeing the world in a magical, extraordinary way.
Mid Year Design News
We love working with colour and texture particularly when you find that perfect paint shade! Paint can be such a simple way to change things up and this calming Dulux Light Leaf green is perfect for lifting the mood in these mid winter days.
Grab rail, hand rail or rail by any other name!
I don't know if it is because I am getting older but I am astonished that 6 months has flown by and we are about to enter the second half of the year - which I know is going to be as jam packed and as exciting as the first half.
We have just had our delightful client Maria from Hong Kong visit our office with her wonderful team. It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to show them several aged care facilities as well as some of our WA hospitality.
Ensafe handrails grabbing our attention!
Rails assist with balance, support and transfers so the selecting the right product for your needs as well ensuring compliance with standards such as AS1428 is important. There are different types and applications….
Horizontal rails are effective for side transfers from wheelchairs onto toilets and can provide some forearm support during sit to stand transfers whereas the vertical or angled rails provide support throughout the sit to stand transfer. Often both are present. Either horizontal or vertical can be installed in showers depending on need and position of any existing fixtures.
Integrated Blind Systems by IG Blinds
Getting excited about handrails is not generally something I would normally do! However, a new product called Ensafe has definitely caught my attention.
Ensuites are normally dominated by stainless steel grab rails that look cold, institutional and resemble a hospital. Residential care facilities need to feel warm, friendly and inviting and the one area we find very difficult to achieve this is in the bathrooms. So you can imagine how thrilled we were to find a new product that has just been released called Ensafe.
Light up your life
We know that glare from windows is a major problem for residents. You would imagine this could be easily fixed by fitting sheers or window treatments. However, what if the glare was coming from a fire door at the end of a corridor and you are not allowed to cover the door? What are your options?
Time Flies when you're having fun!
Ethereal scattered light at dusk can influence our mood and wellbeing. These moments of beauty are sometimes overlooked but can be a reminder for us to take a time to capture the moment and breathe it all in.
Let there be light… but not glare!
I can’t believe where this year has gone. May has been a busy month with a trip to Singapore to attend the APAC awards and the Ageing Asia conference. Sadly we didn’t win this time but it was still wonderful that our work at Amaroo was shortlisted for an Asia Pacific Award.
We have all experienced the uncomfortable or even debilitating effects of glare. Too often we step out of a darker house into the bright outdoors or we are driving to reach the top of a hill or crest and get blinded by the full sun! Glare is a visual sensation caused by too much brightness and can be termed disability glare or discomfort glare.