Innovation in Aged Care Facility Design
3 Formal CPD Hours
7:30 am Registration, Light Breakfast and Networking
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.
8:00 am – How to Specify Fit for Purpose Furniture for Age Care Facilities
This presentation covers the Australian standards relevant to manufacturing furniture for the health and aged care sectors. It will clarify what is appropriate furniture and what is not, and why, using exercises that will increase the empathy of the Designer, helping them understand the reason behind these requirements.
A checklist will also be provided at the end of the presentation to help guide the designers in their choice of furniture.
8:50 am – LED: Lighting for Health and Aged Care
We now understand that artificial lighting has the power to affect our health and wellbeing, positively or negatively. Combining this understanding with the latest LED technology, we are able to design and specify lighting to positively affect our natural biorhythms. This leads to far ranging physical and mental health benefits for residents and carers.
9:40 am – Design, Consequence and Risk Reduction – Aged Care
This presentation focuses on ceiling track design within bedroom/bathroom layouts and how the right design can have a positive outcome for both resident and carer. Having safe patient handling programs, patient positioning and mechanical devices significantly reduce the length of stay, workplace stress, and reduction in costs thereby increasing productivity within the healthcare sector.
The presentation will also focus on fall prevention. Modern aged care design now means rooms need to resemble a luxury style home/apartment, however quality of care vs design cannot be compromised so integrated floor systems can assist carers to monitor resident movement and determine behavior across a large number of rooms.
10:30 am – Practical Slip Resistance
This presentation demonstrates risks with case examples and empowers specifiers to mitigate their design risks by understanding the limitations and pitfalls with current tests and recommendations.
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