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Meet the Brighton

Combining evidence based research and clinical input from allied health professionals has enabled Western Australian furniture manufacturer Torrance and McKenna to develop a premium lounge chair called the Brighton.

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A moment with textile artist Ruth de Vos

This month we explore textural textiles and who better to interview than the much loved illustrator and textile artist, Ruth de Vos. A Western Australian local, Ruth’s talent with both pencil and stitch is breathtaking as she interprets the beautiful moments of small children and their surroundings.

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Hey Google, Play Me A Song

Our theme this month is ‘identity’ so how does that translate into product or design in a residential aged care facility?

At de Fiddes Design we look at it from two aspects - how do you design spaces that identify with so many different residents living under one roof? Secondly, what type of product can be offered to help with identity or personalisation?

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Sustainable Design Solutions

Sustainable and affordable, is that possible?  Finding products that match both criteria is always a challenge and now with the release of the new UN report it has become essential that we find products that are sustainable.  Thankfully there are a number to choose from that tick the right boxes.  Of course the other important thing to consider is the life cycle costing.  In the long run does the product save you money as well as saving the planet!!

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Pleasure and Purpose right under our nose!

Familiarity and reminiscence products are something we are always on the look out for in aged care. One of the simplest ways, of course, is by using essential oils.  However, you need to be careful about using them as they can be very potent.  Aesop, a brand that deals entirely in the uplifting power of plants, ran a promotion called “Purpose and Pleasure” .

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Sunglasses with a Sound Track

Wearable technology is certainly becoming a way of life.  We have headsets to treat depression, scarfs to protect us from air pollution and now we have sunglasses from Bose that bring a whole new level of entertainment to immersive audio.

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A Multi Sensory Music Cushion

All too often when visiting an aged care facility the noise from the TV dominates and quite often residents sitting in the TV lounge still cannot hear it. In many instances they are positioned either too far away from the TV or there is just too much other noise going on around them.

Recently I visited a trade fair in Singapore and came across an ingenious product called the Music Cushion. The Music Cushion is beneficial for people with hearing loss by delivering a multi sensory experience.

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Tokyo Street Libraries!

This month we would like to explore design in a slightly different way and think a little more creatively. 

As our topic is about the “Power of Words” I thought I would highlight a wonderful library design that I saw in a park in Tokyo. 

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Calming Effects of Weighted Blankets

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!

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Intergenerational Play

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. 

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Ensafe handrails grabbing our attention!

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. 

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Integrated Blind Systems by IG Blinds

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?

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Living in a Noisy World

Yes acoustics again!! Acoustics is becoming the major issue in many residential aged care facilities.

Quite often we are unaware of how the sound environment impacts on everyone’s well-being. A bad acoustic environment can lead to difficulties in hearing causing feelings of pressure, irritation and anger for both resident and staff leading to the risk of conflict, error and overall stress.   

So why are we not doing more about it? 

 

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Stimulating environments through kinetic art!

We believe Kinetic Art is an important component in designing aged care environments both inside and outside.  Often the high care needs of residents in aged care means that many are no longer mobile,  therefore, how can we create an environment that is more interesting and stimulating?  Kinetic Art has the potential to create new and more interactive relationships with the viewer and new visual experiences.  We all observe movement so it makes sense to look at objects that move.

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