The Build #3

New HealthSpaces

The build is a continuation of ideas about future health spaces originally published on Linkedin ( build #1 and #2 reside on Linkedin ). All of my social networks, including Linkedin, have been shut down because I was spending entirely too much time on them dishing out advice and playing Dr. Phil when…well…I’m not a doctor…nor a Phil. I’m doing some of the same things on Medium but in a much more subdued manner and from a loving and compassionate place.

Anyway, The Build are ideas about future health spaces. This isn’t me dishing out unsolicited and unwarranted advice. This is a domain I’m comfortable dishing out ideas and advice seeing that I’ve been and RN for roughly ten years and worked in a range of Behavioral Health, Med/Surg, and Geriatric Units in mostly hospital and extended care settings.

I’ve been a keen observer of what works well for patients and residents and what doesn’t seem to work as well. I’m afraid a universal HealthSpace that satisfies the needs of every single person just isn’t possible because everyone is different. That’s what the person says who sees environments as unchanging entities with immovable walls, static colors and images, and solid structures. Does it have to be this way?

what if the environment changed to meet the patient/resident needs. What if Resident X is laying in bed feeling nostalgic while talking with a caregiver. Resident X mentions her old family home in Wichita, Kansas and how she loved that place so much. Her SmartRoom OS searches the cloud and finds her home then illuminates the walls with her childhood home environment.

Resident X’s eyes swell with tears as she slowly rises from the bed and looks right to inspect the neighbor’s brindle horses she once watched run around while sitting on the porch as a kid. Resident X fixes her gaze straight ahead to see beautiful White Arabian show horses in a wooded area she use to explore as a child. A look left and her parent’s modest white home enters her vision field. She sees her long deceased father standing in the driveway talking to her mother as they prepare to enter a 1980 station wagon. Tears roll down her cheeks, “ Oh my god, Daddy?” Resident X is filled with joy, love, and warmth. She exits her room for the first time in several weeks to have dinner with the other patients/residents.

This is a simple example of what future HealthSpaces could do to improve patient/resident functioning. Thanks for reading. Have a good day.

Rusty Hunt ( Living With SquarePeg )