Memory Assisted Living

The Healing Power of Nature: Incorporating Biophilic Design in Memory Assisted Living Communities

When integrated into an existing or new design, biophilic design improves the aesthetic appeal and well-being of the occupants. In memory assisted living biophilic design promotes better physical and mental health. This design approach offers seniors more opportunities for relaxation and connection with nature. Using natural light, indoor plants, views of nature, natural materials, or water features can improve mood, provide a sense of calmness, and create a natural connection with nature.

What is Biophilic Design?

Biophilic design is a design approach that integrates the natural environment and patterns into a design. Based on the fundamental connection of humans to nature, this design philosophy primarily promotes physical and mental relaxation, enhances productivity, and improves overall well-being.

The biophilic design concept aims to recreate the healing power of nature within indoor spaces, including memory assisted facilities, to evoke a sense of peace and tranquility, reduce stress levels, and enhance indoor air quality.

Bringing nature indoors, such as green spaces and outdoor views, encourages residents to be in tune with nature and alleviates cognitive fatigue. Biophilic design is a holistic approach to catering to a better and healthier environment for occupants and carers for mental and physical needs. With this therapeutic approach, memory assisted living facilities are physically remodeled, creating a happier and healthier environment for all occupants.

The Healing Power of Nature in Memory Assisted Living

Nature can affect our mood, health, and overall immune system. Backed by research, nature has a healing capacity widely proven during the pandemic when almost everyone’s mental health was affected.

Spending time outdoors or with nature is said to be a key factor in enabling people to cope with challenges. Fresh air has long been a game changer for feeling better physically and mentally. Natural views of the environment can significantly reduce stress and anger while at the same time lowering blood pressure and muscle tension.

In addition, nature helps humans cope. According to a classic study of patients conducted by physician Robert Ulrich, patients with views of trees tolerated pain better and spent less time in the hospital. Whether it is the warmth of the sunlight, fresh air, or the rhythmic sound of the waves, nature soothes pain.

Nature is known to restore the body and mind remarkably. Fresh air, lush landscapes, and vibrant colors outdoors can reduce stress and fatigue. Time well spent with nature can give renewed energy, restore the spirit and mind, and improve overall well-being.

The Benefits of Biophilic Design in Memory Assisted Living

Many people have biases with healthcare facilities like memory assisted living because of their association with old age, memory loss, dementia, incapability of contributing to society, and more.

Staff and carers also face challenges in the workplace. Residents, on the other hand, find the usual corners dull.

This is where biophilic design comes in. With increased connectivity to nature, everyone benefits from its healing powers.

Biophilic design in senior housing can help improve cognitive function. Exposure to light is known to enhance mental clarity, a therapeutic approach for those with age-related cognitive decline.

Biophilic design in senior housing can entice residents to interact and socialize, as outdoor gardens, walkways, or fountains provide an opportunity to lounge, connect, and foster a sense of community.

Biophilic design in senior housing can improve indoor air quality, which benefits residents with respiratory issues. In addition, access to outdoor spaces can provide opportunities for seniors to do light physical activities like walking for improved health.


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