Built Environment in Acute Care for Older People
Communication and Computing Research Centre
Design for caring environments
This is a multi-method study which will synthesize best evidence from design and healthcare literature and combine this information with patient, family carer and professional views on facilities for acutely ill elderly patients admitted to an acute hospital inpatient environment. Growing numbers of emergency admissions for older people are creating an imperative for acute hospitals to develop facilities to meet the needs of frail older in-patients with complex health problems.
Evidence-based design is increasingly recognised as a method for achieving a safe and effective hospital environment. However, little systematic research has been carried out to identify design criteria and features that improve admission and assessment processes, care provision, and recovery for older inpatients.
Professor Andy Dearden - Professor of Interactive Systems Design