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Wednesday, October 10, 2018  |  8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Moving Beyond Bedrest; Rethinking Hospital Environments for Older Patients

Barbara Miszkiel
Director, Health, HDR Architecture Associates Inc.
Paula Rochon, MD, MPH, FRCPC
Sr. Scientist, Women's College Research Institute (WCRI), VP, Research, Women's College Hospital

What is happening to our older patients while in hospital? They use the greatest number of drug therapies to manage physical and behavioral challenges, victims of a prescribing cascade. And they are often getting too much bedrest. The associated inactivity of a hospital stay can counteract the goal of healing and wellness. We know the greatest use of healthcare services occurs in our later years. We have known for decades the positive impact design can have for older patients. But little has been done to rethink our model of acute care for the elderly. Discover how a geriatrician and an architect can work together to explore the boundaries of established thinking and inspire a new approach to design of the healthcare environment for older patients. We will explore how collaborative new approaches between clinical and design can improve drug safety, patient care and quality of life.



1. Discover why rethinking clinical practice and design for older patients in hospital is so vital.
2. Learn how clinical and design collaboration can challenge the bed-centric model.
3. Explore how small-scale interventions can be as effective as re-builds.
4. Understand the impact of cultural and regional perspectives in applying the results of current research and best practice.

SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH