Date: August 31, 2023 4:10 pm

Effective lighting to benefit those living in care homes

Effective lighting to benefit those living in care homes

Meeting the changing needs of our ageing population

Across the various sectors we work within, each one requires different considerations. Choosing the best and appropriate lighting to install is crucial to meeting the individual needs of those who will be using the various spaces.

Whether that is an industrial setting, office workspace, educational space or a care home environment. Each has its own unique requirements to ensure the lighting systems and electrical infrastructure meet the needs of everyone.

During our 60 years we have worked with many Care Home providers. Through our accumulated knowledge and experience over this time, we have developed an understanding about what makes a positive impact to the day-to-day welfare of those who live in these residential homes.

We have also seen and experienced the various changes care homes are having to comply with, not just regulations and legislations, but due to our ageing population. With an increase in older people, comes a rise in aliments and health issues that are associated with older age. This includes conditions such as dementia.

At the start of any project Gilks always take the time to understand what the spaces are to be used for and by who. This information is essential to ensure the correct lighting system and infrastructure is selected and fitted. Our focus and constant aim is to deliver a lighting infrastructure that will aid the well-being of those using and living in the care homes.

For those learning to live with dementia, effective lighting can have a significant impact on many of their day-to-day activities.

To help them cope with various aspects, making minor adaptions and with a focus on what type and where lighting should be placed can have an enormous impact.

Warm lighting solutions to emulate a relaxing ambience.

Warm lighting solutions to emulate a relaxing ambience.

Creating the correct and effective lighting can help people with dementia.

Simple things can be an enormous help and provide reassurance to those living in care homes, especially coping with dementia.

    • Natural light has a positive effect on people’s well-being.
    • Modern LED lighting systems now better replicates natural light. This is especially useful in areas which are void or have little natural light.
    • Mood lighting can support the improvement of our circadian rhythms (or more commonly known as our body clock) and sleep patterns. A crucial element to support our well-being.
    • Position of lights and use of coloured tone lighting can represent certain areas or functions, which helps those with dementia with repetitive association.
    • No glare lighting. Old style fluorescent lighting often had the tendency to flicker or produce a glare, which effects all of us, but particularly those with dementia.
    • Sensor lighting, to prevent stark changes in lighting and avoid dark areas.

Effective lighting provides positive impact to people’s well-being

With dementia, light and colour can help people identify spaces, specific rooms, equipment and how they react to a place or signs. The right lighting can help them identify other people easier and enjoy activities and establish routines.

For instance, choosing a coloured tone lighting that is installed on or alongside handrails, will assist with associated recognition. It can assist people to identify where they are and a reminder that a certain colour light or specific light fitting is to guide the person around the facility.

The installation of sensor lighting to avoid rapid or vast changes in lighting levels, is another supportive use of lighting. Many people with dementia don’t like stepping into a dark area.

Individual rooms now often have an illuminated ‘memory box’ outside their room. This contains items which the person can remember, to help them associate and guide them to their own room.

Energy efficient and safe systems

In addition to supporting those with memory loss and dementia, energy efficient light systems will provide reduce energy consumption and cost savings for care homes.

A well-designed and effective automatic light sensor system can be fitted to remove the issue of lights being left on unnecessarily.

Automatic lighting systems can either turn off lights; after a certain period of time, or when there is no movement. Alternatively light sensor systems that allow lights to switch on automatically, either at set times or by movement, when a person(s) enters the room or a particular space. Corridors, for example, can also be set to dim to 10% after a preset time, then automatically increase to the required lighting level at a set time, or when movement is detected.

Installing effective lighting systems to meet the individual needs is important in any environment, but significantly assists the well-being of elderly or those with certain health conditions such as dementia.

What seems like simple things, enable many to continue to enjoy and undertake everyday tasks and activity easier and independently.

At Gilks our years of experience and wealth of skills and expertise can provide solutions to meet a variety of requirements, which include the unique requirements of a Care Home.

We are passionate about creating the best environment, whatever the needs are of those either living or working in them. We understand the necessity to design and install the right lighting systems and electrical infrastructure to suit different environments and individual requirements.

If you need help planning and installing your effective lighting system and electrical infrastructure, then contact our team.

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