Applying Dementia-Friendly Principles to Waiting Rooms in Acute and Ambulatory Care Settings


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Friday, December 10, 2021
1 pm ET, noon CT, 11 am MT, 10 am PT



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Presented by

Addie Abushousheh, PhD, EDAC, Assoc. AIA – Organizational & Environmental Gerontologist / Research Associate, Center for Health Design / Facility Guidelines Institute, Residential Tri-Chair

Chase Miller, AIA, LSSYB – Director of Planning BSA LifeStructures

Jen Worley, RID, LEED AP ID+C, EDAC, LSSYB – Director, Design Research, Design Lead, BSA LifeStructures

Course Description

Older patients, especially those with dementia, are disproportionately negatively affected by healthcare environments that are designed to cater to able-bodied, single-condition patients. The design of care settings is a modifiable risk factor that can facilitate better outcomes. This webinar explores the objectives of safety, efficiency, satisfaction, and high-quality care in relation to designing care environments supportive of aging and sensitive to dementia. The researcher and designer presentation team will share lessons learned from the collaborative production of a visually intuitive and interactive design diagram for aging and dementia-friendly waiting rooms.

Learning Objectives

Begin by understanding changes commonly associated with aging and dementia

Learn about unintended consequences of unsupportive care-environment design

Become familiar with an evidence-based design resource for improving healthcare outcomes

Collaborate to accommodate aging impairments without sacrificing design aesthetics