David A. Navarrete, director of research initiatives and content development at virtual skylight maker Sky Factory, explains how biophilic design increases care home residents’ connectivity to the natural environment
One of the most therapeutic architectural features care home design can showcase today is a visual connection with open skies. Properties are discovering the documented benefits of transforming isolated interior spaces into relaxing, healing areas by incorporating illusory views to open skies.
Even when a property’s location, building design or cost precludes the opportunity to install a real skylight or window, evidence-based virtual skylights can achieve similar positive effects, transforming enclosed interiors into social spaces that generate verifiable physiological and cognitive benefits for residents.
As the UK population ages, health and social care guidelines are placing more emphasis on care home resident wellbeing. As a result, owners of these environments are recognising the importance of leveraging their interior space to generate positive health outcomes.
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