Environmental designers have only recently focused on the therapeutic effects of the outdoor environment upon those with Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study provides new insights for those who are trying to meet the challenges of improving the quality of life for those affected by this devastating disease.
Enhance Satisfaction/Quality of Life
Research is still critical to understanding how the environment can help support those with dementia and their families. Recent studies look at several sucessful indoor design interventions and provide outdoor design guidelines.
A recent article provided some tips for designers creating spaces to be used by autistic children.
A design firm has incorporated concepts from retail environments into hospital settings to improve the patient experience.
Researchers designed a hospital waiting area that is associated with more positive assessments of the physical environment, improved mood, enhanced physiological state, and more satisfaction with the environment than the standard waiting room.
The physical features of the indoor work environment are closely linked to human behaviors such as creativity, teamwork, and leadership.
Although much is known about park-user demographics, this research investigates visitors by determining their underlying motivations.
Achieving business success depends on the work activities and behaviors of individuals, teams, and groups. We start with our clients’ business goals and measure how well office design supports these.
In a British study, hospital patients reported that they felt it was important to retain some control over their physical environment. Maintaining desired levels of privacy and community with other patients were also important to the patients studied.
Ambient environment is significantly related to environmental satisfaction, and environmental satisfaction is a significant predictor of overall hospital satisfaction.