Rehab becomes mainstream
According to the World Health Organisation, rehabilitation is ‘a set of interventions needed when a person is experiencing or is likely to experience limitations in everyday functioning due to ageing or a health condition’.
Establishing a system of good rehab services can reduce both the length of hospitalisation and the risk of readmission.
“Rehab is gaining traction in mainland China, where the public healthcare system is facing a lot of pressure,” said Philip, “In many parts of the world, especially where the population is ageing, it is also becoming a more accepted part of daily life and a vital component for integrated healthcare.”
Architects are not only reserving larger areas in their projects for rehab, but rendering their built and landscaped areas friendly for chronic patients.
“In some developments, pavements are designed in loops to help those with dementia stay in focus,” shared Philip, “And pavings are kept simple to allow exercise spaces for the injured.”
These principles are also extending from healthcare spaces to residential and institutional planning to account for the needs of elderly people, chronic patients and people with disabilities.
People recover best where services are efficient, facilities are friendly and care is at hand. Future healthcare spaces, therefore, are tasked with helping people support each other, activating the right energies and keeping them flowing.