As the first wave of baby boomers head into their 70’s (even though we all know 65 is the new 70) the demand for aged care developments has sky rocketed, and the technology that complements it is in high demand. The new blend of entertainment meets the wellness needs of the residents is where acoustics becomes vitally important. Focusing on memory care and the long stay component of aged care, architects are focusing their design on larger windows, more natural light and interactive art technology.
Acoustic panels used strategically in aged care homes can reduce the impact of noise on residents who are in recovery, reduce the stress of memory care patients and create a serene destination to enjoy their downtime. Here are a few tips from the DSA team:
- Use an acoustic panel or tile on the ceilings in the rooms with the large glass windows. This will reduce the noise reverberation of the glass and any other hard surfaces.
- To support the use of technology, whether it be for entertainment or memory care, the use of acoustic panel on the walls will allow for better concentration and less noise based interruptions
- Short stay areas using an acoustic solution will create an area that will encourage healing, and reduce the sounds of machines/medical support that can actively disturb a healing sleep.
- Hallways are a key place for an acoustic lining, as noise travels easily into adjoining rooms, and if this is bedrooms can disrupt the resident inside.
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