"Cynthia Leibrock and Debra Harris have developed a vitally important reference. They draw upon and compile a rich source of evidence that supports the application of specific research-based details for particular health-related settings."—From the Foreword by Dr. Wayne Ruga, AIA, FIIDA, Hon. FASID
The revised edition on implementing design details to improve today's health care facilities—an inspiring, comprehensive guide
In this significantly revised second edition, Cynthia Leibrock and Debra Harris offer up-to-date information on design details that can improve patient outcomes and user experience by returning authority to the patient, along with fascinating case studies and research demonstrating the positive role design can play in reducing health care costs. Design Details for Health, Second Edition offers contemporary examples showing how design can improve patient comfort and independence, and demonstrates how to design highly functional health care facilities that operate at peak performance. The book addresses a range of health care facility types including hospitals, ambulatory care, wellness centers, subacute care and rehabilitation, adult day care and respite, assisted living, hospice, dementia care, and aging in place. This Second Edition includes:
The latest research, which was only anecdotal in nature as recently as a decade ago, illustrating how design through evidence produces measurable outcomes
Real-world case studies of a range of excellent health care facilities that have been designed and built in the twenty-first century
Updated contributions with leading practitioners, researchers, and providers conveying how design has a positive impact on health care delivery
When design empowers rather than disables, everybody wins. Sensitive to the needs of both patients and providers, Design Details for Health, Second Edition is essential reading for today's architects, interior designers, facility managers, and health care professionals.
DEBRA HARRIS, PhD, is President of RAD Consultants, focusing on evidence-based strategic planning for health care systems, architects, designers, and product developers. She is a consultant with more than twenty-five years of practice, specializing in health care facility design, assimilating research into evidence-based strategies, and environmental forensics. Her research focuses on environmental factors affecting patients, families, and health care workers, including patient and health care staff outcomes, infection control and transmission, and cost implications of the physical environment.
An in-depth look at the most innovative aged care facilities today
With the world's population aging at a rapid pace, there is a growing need for new ways to provide residential care for older people. Design for Aging explores some of the most successful examples of elderly housing today, focusing on integrating architectural considerations within an unwavering people-driven approach. Written by an international team of experts in aged care design, the book brings together twenty-six case studies from around the world, including Australia, Denmark, England, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States. The authors describe how each scheme has succeeded in addressing the needs of its residents regardless of wide variations in design, geography, cultural factors, medical needs, capital cost, and other factors. Clear, well-documented information for each facility includes:
Building descriptions and project data, and how the overall design fits within a geographical location
The type of community, including number of residents, ethnicity, and specific conditions such as dementia
How to apply universal design principles in different political, social, and regulatory contexts
How to create a sense of belonging and well-being for residents while building strong connections with the community at large
What makes a facility able to attract and retain high-quality caregivers
Environmental sustainability issues, plus indoor and outdoor spaces
Architects and interior designers as well as facility owners and caregivers will find Design for Aging an inspiring and practical guide on how to navigate the many factors involved in creating good designs for aged care environments.