The positive impact that the natural environment has on patient well-being is well documented. Getting residents to venture outdoors can be further encouraged with the provision of outdoor entertainment and bird song audio.
These days it is easy to install a TV outdoors with sufficient brightness to be viewed. It is also very easy to locate speakers within garden areas and have them fully exposed to the elements. Even gentle sunlight will provide residents with some much-needed vitamin D. Therefore, every chance to encourage residents outside should be taken. You can also include PA capability outdoors so residents can be paged when they have visitors.
For those unable to connect directly with the world outside, however, the natural world can also be made accessible through combining digital display technology and audio playback. Both forms of delivery are known to have a positive effect on mental health. What’s on the screen can be the natural world as captured on camera from around the globe or it could be as simple as a camera feed direct from your own garden.