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Sustainable Design Solutions
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?
Pleasure and Purpose right under our nose!
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!!
Sunglasses with a Sound Track
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” .
Simple but stylish Memory Boxes
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.
Seamless Wall Protection by Altro!
We know Memory boxes have been used in aged care facilities for some time but finding one that is secure, hardwearing and aesthetically pleasing is no easy task.
Top products showcased in 2018!
Maintenance within aged care facilities is always a hot topic. So how do we balance the look of residential but the durability of commercial?
A Multi Sensory Music Cushion
We decided to end our design section this year with a recap of the most sought after products shown throughout the year. Click read more to view our top 5 products in order of popularity.
Tokyo Street Libraries!
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.
Calming Effects of Weighted Blankets
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.
Revillusion Fireplaces by Dimplex
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!
Nothing epitomizes winter more than sitting in front of a fireplace mesmerized by the flames making you feel cosy and warm. Introducing Dimplex fireplaces..
Ensafe handrails grabbing our attention!
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.
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.
ModBOX Introduces Self Watering, Raised Waterbeds!
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?
Living in a Noisy World
Whilst visiting the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show I came across a supplier called ModBOX. They supply a fantastic range of self watered raised garden beds called Wicking. The garden beds have a water reservoir that sits below the level of the soil.
Stimulating environments through kinetic art!
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?
Beetle-Inspired Acoustic Panels by MUT Design for Sancal
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.
The Best Companion. Therapeutic, Interactive Pets
It was extremely difficult to decide on which product I would focus on this month as there were many to choose from!
As we are highlighting the importance of quiet spaces in our knowledge section I thought it appropriate to showcase a new product called “Beetle”. No relation to the Beatles, although the product does bring in a sense of play.Mut Studio teamed up with Sancal in Spain and they have designed a range of acoustic panels that mimic the form of a beetle.
Mount art with ease. INTRODUCING HANGSMART!
Being an absolute pet lover, even one of our team members is a beautiful furry friend called Beau; I thought the final product for the year could be all about companion pets. What better present to buy someone living in residential aged care!
Companion pets vary tremendously in price and range from Paro, the therapeutic robot which has been around now for more than a decade, through to the companion puppies. Paro of course is the most expensive but is quite an advanced interactive robot
Most people enjoy viewing art and quite often residents will have many pieces of artwork or photographs they would like to install in their bedroom.
There is always the struggle between maintenance and personalization!
So what are the options?