Sound & Lighting Design Tips For Senior Citizen Care

As people age, their vision, spatial skills and senses become impaired, creating challenges in navigating their built environment. Lighting, color selections and acoustics play important roles in senior health and well-being.

Good acoustics can also reduce stress, anxiety and irritability among seniors. Sound-absorbing materials placed strategically throughout corridors, dining areas and public spaces helps minimize noise reverberations and echo.

Brighter and more energy-efficient lights not only help improve vision but also provide operational savings through reduced maintenance and energy costs. Many senior living communities are now emphasizing natural lighting through large windows in resident rooms or using skylights to let sunlight into interior circulation spaces.

As the vision for seniors decline, it becomes essential that there are clear visual cues to distinguish surfaces and planes within a room. Similar-toned walls, floors and furniture may cause confusion for aging eyes resulting in missteps or accidental spills. To help ease confusion among older eyes, our interior designers specialize in applying contrasting colors on stairs landing walls as visual markers for each element in the space – this helps avoid missteps or accidental falls from happening unintentionally.

Wall Panels

Wall panels offer an effective means of sound reduction. Available in any species of wood and finished to fit almost any design style, wall panels can absorb sound rather than reflect it. Using hard panels, sound is reflected back into the room. Soft panels absorb sound.

Ceiling Panels

False ceilings can help reduce the height of a room for aesthetic or functional reasons. They are constructed from sound-absorbing materials and are typically installed using the standard drop ceiling method. Acoustic ceiling panels offer numerous advantages, including concealing infrastructure elements like electrical wires, hvac systems, and plumbing lines. In addition, acoustic angels may add additional details in design from fire-retardant to moisture proof.

Window Treatments

Window treatments can help reduce the amount of sound that passes through a room, from drapes and shades to cornice boxes and valances. Not only do they add texture and dimension, they also assist in hiding equipment and wires while creating an elegant aesthetic.