Design Details for Health: Making the Most of Design's Healing Potential [NOOK Book]

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Using design details to improve today's health care-an inspiring, comprehensive guide

As Cynthia Leibrock writes in the Preface, "The power of a healing environment comes from the little things, the design details that empower patients to take responsibility for their own health." In Design Details for Health, she offers specific design details that can improve patient outcomes by returning authority to the patient, along with fascinating case...
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Design Details for Health: Making the Most of Design's Healing Potential

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Overview

Using design details to improve today's health care-an inspiring, comprehensive guide

As Cynthia Leibrock writes in the Preface, "The power of a healing environment comes from the little things, the design details that empower patients to take responsibility for their own health." In Design Details for Health, she offers specific design details that can improve patient outcomes by returning authority to the patient, along with fascinating case studies and research demonstrating the positive role design details can play in reducing healthcare costs. Practical and inspiring, this innovative book is essential reading for architects, interior designers, facility managers, and healthcare professionals.

Attention to detail is the cornerstone of success in virtually every enterprise. This is especially true in the field of healthcare design, where design details can have a profound impact on the quality and efficacy of care.

In Design Details for Health, Cynthia Leibrock gives designers and other industry professionals specific examples showing how design details can offer patients greater comfort and independencewhile also giving healthcare facilities a competitive edge-saving staff time, cutting overhead costs, and reducing liability.

With the help of nearly 200 images, many in full color, she offers flexible, innovative design solutions in key areas such as lighting, acoustics, color, furnishings, and finishes. From acute carehospitals to specialized ambulatory care and home treatment settings, she addresses a variety of healthcare environments and includes inspiring case studies that reveal how effective design details work in the real world.

Throughout the book, Cynthia Leibrock presents findings from the cutting edge of design research-including results published here for the first time-reflecting the experience and expertise of hundreds of healthcare designers and architects in the United States and abroad. Covering topics ranging from acoustics to lighting, this valuable data includes citations for further reference.

When design empowers rather than disables, everybody wins. Sensitive to the needs of both patients and the providers that serve them, Design Details for Health is essential reading for today's architects, interior designers, facility managers, and healthcare professionals involved in commercial and residential healthcare facilities.

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According to the author, "the power of a healing environment comes from the little things, the design details that empower patients to take responsibility for their own health." She offers specific suggestions to improve patient outcomes by returning authority to the patient, along with case studies and research demonstrating the positive role design details can play in reducing healthcare costs. With the help of approximately 200 color and b&w images, she addresses a variety of healthcare environments and covers key areas such as lighting, acoustics, color, furnishings, and finishes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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CYNTHIA A. LEIBROCK, MA, ASID, HON. IIDA, is an award-winning author, an international lecturer, and a designer with more than thirty years of experience. Her mission is to improve the lives of older and disabled people through design. The principal and founder of Easy Access to Health, LLC, in Colorado, she has taught courses at Harvard University Graduate School of Design for the past ten years. She is also the coauthor of Beautiful Barrier-Free: A Visual Guide to Accessibility and Beautiful Universal Design, both from Wiley.

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.

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Table of Contents

List of Details and Research Abstracts xi
Foreword xiii
Preface xv
Acknowledgments xix
Part 1 Long-Term Care 1
Cost Containment 2
Reimbursement Driving Design 3
Quality of Residential Long-Term Care 4
Design Intervention 5
Technology 6
Residential Long-Term Care in Other Countries 7
References 9
1 Assisted Living Apartments 11
Assisted Living in Europe 12
Assisted Living in the United States 16
Planning Public Spaces 19
A Note on Apartments 25
References 25
2 Caring for People with Dementia 27
Programming for Dementia 32
Reducing Distractions 32
Establishing Links with the Familiar, Healthy Past 34
Providing Sensory Cues to Prompt Memory 35
Eliminating Dangerous Options 36
Avoiding Confrontations 37
Encouraging Successful Social Interaction and Family Participation 39
Releasing Excess Energy 40
Encouraging Independence 41
References 44
3 Home Health Care 45
Design Demonstration Centers 47
Cohousing 47
Group Homes 52
Independent Living 57
References 60
4 Hospice 61
Design Criteria 63
Privacy 63
Comfort 64
Support of Friends and Family 69
Hospice for People with AIDS 72
Individual Choice 73
Infection Control 75
Security 75
References 76
5 Subacute Care and Rehabilitation 77
Design of Subacute Care Facilities 77
Design for Visual Acuity 78
Design to Enhance Hearing 81
Design for Improved Cognitive Ability 84
Design for Mobility 87
Other Sensory Issues 90
Design of Rehabilitation Facilities 90
Psychiatric Rehabilitation 91
Physical Therapy 92
Occupational Therapy 93
Specialized Services 99
References 107
Part 2 Ambulatory Care 109
Health Care Cost Containment 110
The Missing Component: The Educated Consumer 111
References 112
6 Day Care and Respite 113
Adult Day Care and Respite 114
Day Care for People with Dementia 120
Child Day Care 124
References 126
7 Medical Offices 127
Reception 131
Examination and Consulting Rooms 139
Specialized Practice 144
Allergy Clinics 144
Pediatrics 145
Ambulatory Surgery 147
Oncology 148
References 152
8 Wellness Centers 153
Transforming Hospitals into Wellness Centers 158
Design Elements 160
Fitness Area 160
Nonmember Spaces 163
Locker Rooms and Wet Areas 164
References 170
Part 3 Inpatient Hospitals 171
References 174
9 Birth Centers 175
Innovations in Birth Centers 175
The Birth Room 176
Hospitable Environments 179
References 183
10 Children's Hospitals 185
Efficacy 187
Comfort and Safety 190
A Sense of Belonging 196
Positive Distraction and Diversion 196
References 206
11 Inpatient Psychiatric Units 207
Normalization 207
Patient Independence 209
Integration of the Family 209
Treatment and Therapy 210
The Body-Mind Connection 212
References 216
12 Medical Hotels 217
Cooperative Care Model 218
VIP Suites 221
References 229
13 General Hospitals 231
Innovations in Service Provision 232
Case Studies 233
Lessons from Planetree 236
A Study in Context 244
References 255
14 Critical Care 257
Emergency Departments 257
Intensive Care Units 262
Universal Patient Rooms 268
Specialized Intensive Care Units 272
Cardiac Intensive Care Units 272
Neonatal Intensive Care Units 272
Family Waiting Rooms 275
References 275
Directory of Designers and Consultants 277
Directory of Manufacturers 280
Index 289
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