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OUR CHANGING
UNIVERSE

More and more healthcare spaces include special
accommodations for some users. But with the
rapidly aging population, that won't be enough
By Kristin D. Zeit

goes to press, the team behind
Healthcare Design and Environments for Aging
is simultaneously preparing for the EFA Expo &
Conference in Las Vegas (Feb. 26-March 1). As
such, the senior population is on my mind-as it
should be for everyone who works in designing
public spaces.
We talk about the statistics surrounding the
aging baby boomer population a lot, so I won't go
into them again here. But indulge me in reminding you that as the segment of senior Americans
grows significantly over the next decade, the concept of "environments for
aging" will expand well beyond independent and assisted living communities and nursing homes. Every environment needs to be a senior environment, including retail stores, government buildings and corporate offices,
and cities and towns.
Of course that means healthcare facilities, too. The older the patient, the
more likely she is to have one or more impairments that need accommodation. Now combine that with the proliferation of ambulatory care facilities,
which is likely to translate into hospitals largely handling only the highestacuity cases. You know what group needs the most acute care? Right. Seniors.
But the challenge for all designers is how to meet the needs of this group
in a way that still welcomes and embraces people of all ages and abilities.
The concept of universal design is a promising start: Championed by architects, product designers, engineers, and environmental design researchers, its goal is design that can be used by "all people, to the greatest extent
possible, without adaptation or specialized design," according to the Center for Universal DeUNIVERSAL DESIGN
sign at NC State University in Raleigh, N.C. The
MEANS GOING BEYOND
point is seamlessness throughout a space rather
than a few alternative options here and there.
ADA AND BUILDING
For healthcare, it means going beyond ADA
CODES.
and building codes and looking at every area
from the parking lot through the lobby and all
the way through discharge for ways to accommodate (and comfort, and
delight) anyone. We're already on a roll with the inclusion of more natural
light-one common universal design principle-wherever we can get it.
But wider doorways, no thresholds, clear entries, acoustical controls, and
thoughtful furniture and fixture choices can be incorporated much more
broadly, whether it's a massive hospital campus or a small eye care clinic.
Architects and product designers alike have a real opportunity to get creative as they learn to look at every space through the eyes of multiple users,

and I'd love to hear more about what you may
have in the works already. For other insight and
ideas regarding universal design and healthcare,
check out The Center for Health Design's recent
brief on the topic (go to Healthdesign.org and
search "universal design"), as well as our article
in the November 2016 issue's Monitor section on
the Mary Free Bed YMCA, a universally designed
hospital, YMCA, and wellness center project. 

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Healthcare Design - March 2017

Healthcare Design - March 2017
Contents
Editorial
From the Publisher
Photo Tour
Double Duty
First Look
Built to Serve
First Impression
Behavioral Health Natural Remedy
Product Spotlight Universal Design
The Center
Design Profiles
Face Time
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Healthcare Design - March 2017 - Cover2
Healthcare Design - March 2017 - 1
Healthcare Design - March 2017 - 2
Healthcare Design - March 2017 - Contents
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Healthcare Design - March 2017 - 5
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Healthcare Design - March 2017 - 7
Healthcare Design - March 2017 - 8
Healthcare Design - March 2017 - Editorial
Healthcare Design - March 2017 - 10
Healthcare Design - March 2017 - From the Publisher
Healthcare Design - March 2017 - 12
Healthcare Design - March 2017 - 13
Healthcare Design - March 2017 - Photo Tour
Healthcare Design - March 2017 - 15
Healthcare Design - March 2017 - 16
Healthcare Design - March 2017 - 17
Healthcare Design - March 2017 - 18
Healthcare Design - March 2017 - Double Duty
Healthcare Design - March 2017 - 20
Healthcare Design - March 2017 - 21
Healthcare Design - March 2017 - First Look
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Healthcare Design - March 2017 - Built to Serve
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Healthcare Design - March 2017 - First Impression
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Healthcare Design - March 2017 - Behavioral Health Natural Remedy
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Healthcare Design - March 2017 - Product Spotlight Universal Design
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Healthcare Design - March 2017 - The Center
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Healthcare Design - March 2017 - Design Profiles
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