Circadian lighting can make a big difference to the aged. The positive effect it can have on mood, metabolism and energy levels at any age is well documented. . It also impacts positively on sleep. But in aged care the importance of rhythm takes on added significance as much of a resident’s time is spent indoors.
The effect of light on mood and state of mind is particularly noticeable in aged care. Many residents react to sundown with a greater level of distraction and confusion. Using technology to control lighting conditions can therefore be very useful. It can shift the timing of such changes in mental state to better suit the schedule of the institution.
Lighting can be undertaken at a both a macro and micro level. If the lighting system within your institution permits, lights can be changed and programmed, or simply programmed. Alternatively, you can approach the problem room by room with a localised solution. Whatever method suits you best, the Ci Group can help with the implementation.
A side benefit of doing something about lighting in terms of wellness is that you can also improve on energy efficiency. Lighting systems can be programmed and controlled for efficiency gains, especially when combined with sensory feedback. Switching to modern luminaires can also contribute to energy savings, lowering your carbon footprint and saving you money at the same time.
There are a variety of ways circadian lighting can be addressed, and none of them are hugely expensive. If you would like to learn more, get in contact. Likewise, if you are curious about what other benefits might be possible from programmed lighting, don’t hesitate to call. The Ci Group now has programmed lighting expertise in house and can manage a lighting project through from start to finish.