This project involved providing evidence-based colour and contrast insight to the team responsible for the design of the Fraser McDonald Geriatric Psychiatric Unit. This dementia unit is located at Auckland City Hospital, Auckland District Health Board (ADHB).
The design of the Unit, which will include 15 beds and incorporate OT, social and communal areas, revolves around the special needs of people living with cognitive impairment and dementia.
I met with the team on Friday 28 October at Auckland City Hospital, including Tania Cottew (Project Manager, ADHB Facilities & Development), Alasdair Nelson (Design Manager, ADHB Facilities & Development), and Dr Richard Worrall (Clinical Director for Mental Health of Older People, ADHB).
Colour/contrast strategies for this Unit have a number of diverse but related aims. Firstly, creating a calm, homelike ambience in patient rooms while also allowing for some individual personalisation of door colours, etc. Secondly, using colour to enhance and enliven common areas while minimising visual ‘noise’, one of the sensory challenges faced by people with dementia. Thirdly, using colour to engage patients in OT and sensory experience activities.
Link to FMU at Auckland City Hospital here.