Innovation in Aged Care Facility Design
3 Formal CPD Hours
7:30 am Registration
Light Breakfast and Tea/Coffee Break Included
As Australia’s ageing population grows, designers need to work hard to come up with better experiences for residents that will give them quality of life they expect and deserve.
This workshop will look at the design aspect for architects and designers to look at spaces, where equipment can be placed for easy access, without affecting aesthetics or comfort. Lighting and floor covers which are equally as important will be discussed as will be the administration area.
8:30 – 8:45 am – Practical Slip Resistance
Designing with sufficient levels of slip resistance is often poorly understood – we demonstrate the consequences of getting it wrong. Changes to standards and handbooks include a number of significant new recommendations including:
– The effects of wear and usage on slip resistance
– BCA changes including residential
– Definition of Wet, Dry and Transitional Areas
– Limitations of various AS test methods
– Benefits of certain AS test methods
The pendulum test apparatus will be set up and practical demonstrations will be included. Attendees are welcome to bring an item to test. Metz has delivered this presentation and similar to hundreds of designers and architects throughout Australia
8:55 – 9:40 am – Designing a Wellness Environment for Healthcarers
The caregivers experience impact patient experience. When caregivers are fatigued, they admittedly say that they are less friendly and modify their activities. But when environments, structures and supports are aligned, this results in more time interacting with patients and improved nurse morale. Research supports the notion that happier caregivers equal happier and healthier patients. When caregivers are more satisfied with their work environment, patient satisfaction scores improve.
9:50 – 10:35 am – Demystifying Antimicrobial Surfaces
Antimicrobial agents are common in many products from linen to door hardware. How do they work, what are the risks and what are the benefits in Aged Care.
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