Yet few people discus control of lighting in the same vain although a key issue faced by patients is the lack of control. In the healthcare sector nowhere is this more relevant than in mental health facilities. When looking at medium and high secure units the very nature of the patient experience is reduced level of control. If we compare how we operate lighting in our own homes to what is often the case in the mental health sector we can clearly see how we can improve.
In the home we often choose a brightly lit space to help kick start our day yet in the evening we generally proffer a dimly lit “cozy” environment. In the home this can be relatively easy and cheap to achieve either by using freestanding lamps or by dimming the mains to the lights. Legislation dictates we cannot use the same light sources in the professional sector which means delivering a simple dimming solution is more expensive and often more complex.
Give the patient manual control of his lights including the facility to dim his/her lights to create a cosier environment.
Give the ward staff the ability to slowly ramp up the lighting inside the patient bedroom without entering the room or just switching the lights to 100%. This reduces the disturbance to patient and he risk of waking them during an evening inspection.
Using fluorescent and LED light sources increases the complexity and cost of delivering this solution or does it?
Isotera have developed a solution which overcomes the commercial and technical hurdles to delivering such solutions whilst reducing the cost of installation and removing any risk of electric shock.
The Isotera system facilitates the implementation of user friendly and cost effective control solution which can dramatically improve the patient experience.