Developing a COVID-friendly design for long-term care homes can protect residents and staff during future respiratory outbreaks. Carleton University researchers with the School of Industrial Design are studying the design of Canadian long-term care homes in the wake of the pandemic.
The team received nearly $40,000 from the Foundation for Health Environments Research in the United States to study strategies that support health, wellness and sustainability. The funds are being used to design work and living spaces for the protection of residents and staff. Partners include the Bruyère Research Institute and the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care.
The goal is to identify and address design elements that can prevent contagious disease outbreaks.
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