Problem: How rooms are set up can have a two-fold effect on a person suffering from Alzheimer’s – the physical level and the emotional level.
On the physical level, due to the normal changes of vision that come with aging and additional visual complications brought on by Alzheimer’s, basic issues such as furniture placement, the shape and color of furnishings and walls, type and color of flooring, rug patterns, lighting, clear visual perception, and colors of all room items must be considered when designing a room. Inadequate visual perception of furniture and items in a room can contribute to patient angst, confusion, and harmful accidents. Strategic color design can help prevent dangerous, costly, and labor-consuming falls.
On an emotional level, because different colors tend to induce different moods and outlooks, strategic use of color can help improve patients’ recuperation time, their emotional state, and their overall well-being. This, then, can directly reduce or contain bottom line costs for them, their families, and care institutions.
Colors for Health™ is the strategic use of color to serve specific functional purposes in residential, health care, and commercial environments. Its use as a judicious, tactical asset to promote health, wellness, and independence is integral to its purpose. And because it reduces both accidents and day-to-day stress among seniors and patients, Colors for Health also eases tensions among caregivers while helping contain or reduce the costs of care, medicines, housing, and even insurance.
Consider this common situation: An elderly person in early stage Alzheimers’s wants to walk from their kitchen to the family room. In order to get to the family room, they must walk from the kitchen, pass through the dining room to reach the family room. However, the dining room has large windows creating severe shadows on the floor and the family room has a heavy-patterned area rug. Severe shadows and heavy patterned rugs or carpeting can create confusion and stress because their mobility is compromised. If the person falls as a result of avoidable visual confusion, hospital costs can be incurred, as well as possible legal fees and added labor and time costs.
This is where strategic use of color placement is needed. Knowing when, where, and how to apply contrasting or bolder, saturated colors to create a safer environment that supports independence is a priority. Colors for Health promotes patient independence and well-being, while saving labor and financial costs to caregivers and care centers. Colors for Health work with other design methods to create living environments offering better visual perception, greater patient independence, happier emotional experience, less patient stress for confusion and, ultimately, labor and time savings for care providers and care centers.