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This Design Technique is Providing Comfort to Sick Children

Children’s hospitals are meant to be places that are filled with calmness and reassurance for those who are faced with the harsh reality of childhood illness, giving them hope and a positive vibe, which has shown to improve recuperation. It has been discovered that a certain design technique, which incorporates appropriate integration of lighting, color and warm texture, goes a long way to offering an atmosphere that is comfortable for both patients and their loved ones as they proceed to understand the complications they face. With that in mind, designers of health care facilities are working to create such calming and comfy environments as a way to comfort and reassure the patients within the walls of their hospitals.

These design techniques can also be incorporated to help visitors and patients alike find their way around particular hospital spaces, as well as stir the general perception of color in the young minds of children as they complete their treatment. For a more detailed illustration of the best way to integrate colors in just the right way, below are two examples of hospitals that employ this design technique.

Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, Yonkers, N.Y.

This facility is a nursing institution for all minor patients, and mostly for those who lack communicative capabilities and mobility. They also admit the visually-impaired, which is why the use of the trio combination of color, texture and lighting are the main center of focus in the overall design space. David Hutchinson, AIA and associate principal at Perkins Eastman, coordinated the entire design of the center using just the right color manipulation, offering every space therapeutic effects, normally what is referred to as color theory.  

This was all aimed at helping children who were receiving treatment associate easily and communicate well with their environment. Ideally, he combined the subtle touch of yellow on the floors of the facility where the babies stayed, while a violet hue was incorporated on the floors of all the older children. The rest of the design (floors, elevators and ceilings) of the center incorporated all the colors of the spectrum.  

Dayton Children’s Hospital, Dayton, Ohio

Here, the entirety of the design is an inspiration from the history of the city, which majorly reflects on all of its aerospace and invention. Basically, incorporation of lively colors with colorful iconography is what lays a base for the concept work. A look inside the tower shows a clear color concept on the floors, mostly the ones adjoining different buildings, in a bid to maintain a certain desired consistency. As one ascends, the rest of the building spaces have color patterns and flight symbols (hot air balloons and airplanes) of green and purple color. That particular color combo also plays a part in helping visitors and patients find their way around, mostly for those who have color blindness associated with red and green.  

As you can see, this design technique is highly incorporated in the children’s hospitals. These are just a few of the many facilities across the country that have incorporated these design aspects into their interior decorating.

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After The Waters Subside: Steps to Take to Rebuild After a Flood

Nature can be a powerful force to be reckoned with as we saw recently with the devastating flooding in Baton Rouge. A flood can cause a minimal amount of damage or cause you to have to restore so much you feel as if you’re gutting your house completely; as if you’re starting from scratch with the building of your home. Unfortunately, no one can control the weather and the work has to be done, but the outcome will be well worth it once you and your family can move back home. You can also save in the process and – in the end – reward yourself for your hard work and sacrifice.

The first step in rebuilding after a flood like the one in Baton Rouge, is to guard repairable and undamaged items. There’s a chance that these items may become damaged after the flood has subsided. If mold and mildew have started accumulating in your home, they will grow until the house dries completely, and the proper steps are taken to remove these molds. Mildew will be the first to appear in the home; however, mildew is mold in the early stage. It only takes 24 to 48 hours for mold growths (or colonies) to start accumulating in a moist area. Once it has started to grow you shouldn’t use fans to dry a room. This will only cause the mold to spread. Remove all wet items in your home including carpeting as soon as possible.

The next step in rebuilding after a flood is to eliminate mold from clothing, bedding, and toys by cleaning and disinfecting the items. With clothes and bedding – add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to a load of laundry. Continue to wash in this manner until all traces of mold are gone, and clothes don’t have a moldy smell anymore. Complete this process by washing your clothes one more time with regular laundry detergent.

Any foods that had even a remote chance of getting damp should be discarded immediately. The only foods that should be saved are sealed, packaged foods that are still completely dry and canned goods that haven’t been dented or damaged. Remove labels on all cans. Wash sealed packages with a warm water/dishwashing liquid mix. For canned goods – scrub with a bristle brush in a strong detergent solution – then put them in a mix of 1 quart of warm water and two teaspoons of bleach for 15 minutes. Another solution is to boil for 10 minutes. It’s crucial to remove the labels since the paper can hold dangerous bacteria.

The sooner you can start cleaning the inside of your home the easier it will be to get rid of the mold and mildew growing in your walls, flooring, appliances, and ceilings. Make sure to wear gloves, a mask, and eye protection. You should have the area you’re working in at the time well ventilated. Disinfect all surfaces with a 10% bleach solution allowing the solution to sit for at least 10 minutes, then rinse with clean water. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to get rid of mold or mildew on wallboard, plaster, or paneling. The best way to handle this situation is to remove all that has been soaked by flood waters at least to the flood level. If your home has the blown-in cellulose type of insulation, it’s best to get rid of this as well since it holds water for such a long time. Styrofoam and fiberglass batts can be reused if hosed off and dried thoroughly.

For insurance purposes, it’s best to take plenty of before and after pictures. Keep a daily activity log including any and all calls made to your insurance company and conversations that took place. Make sure to keep all of the receipts used to purchase everything – right on down to the cleaning supplies. And don’t throw any damaged materials away until your insurance company gives you the go-ahead.

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