Understand the benefit of quality lighting in
Aged Care
A well-considered lighting solution ensures that Australians living in your care benefit from comfortable, safe lighting that supports well-being.
Good lighting can transform care and support in Aged Care.
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Reduce falls and adverse effects
Effective lighting solutions deliver uniformity and visual comfort and can reduce falls in residential Aged Care.
2
Care, dignity and respect
Comfortable living spaces include lighting that has a low impact on our eyes and visual perception.
3
Reduce operational costs
Quality lighting reduces operational costs (OPEX), including electrical and maintenance.
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The adverse effects of invisible flicker
Sensed but not perceived flicker can cause health issues such as eye strain, fatigue and ocular migraines.
The impact of lighting in Aged Care.
Fall, fractures and increased morbidity and mortality
In Australia, falls are the leading cause of hospitalised injury (41%) and injury-related deaths (37% of all deaths). Nationally, across all age groups, 10% of falls occurred in residential aged care. Over 50% of those with a hip fracture will experience some degree of functional impairment.
Significant benefit of ambient lighting at night
30-40% of accidents occur while transitioning from sitting to standing or vice versa. Research has determined that using horizontal and vertical ambient light at night has a similar weight transfer time as ceiling lighting. The significant benefit of the ambient lighting is less disruption of sleep due to bright overhead lights.
The adverse effects of invisible flicker
Invisible flicker or "sensed but not perceived" happens above 80 Hz and causes health issues such as eye strain, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, and more seriously, ocular migraines. Those living with photo-sensitive epilepsy or autism spectrum disorder can be extremely debilitated by flicker. In extreme cases, flicker can induce seizures and pose other life-threatening conditions.
The physical environment significantly impacts staff
Research by a behavioural change company Empirica Research and Hassell Architects found that workplace design and facilities influenced the retention and attraction of staff. In a competitive sector where staff requirements will grow, ensure that you are a workplace of choice.
Control operational costs while providing quality care
As with many building materials, not every light performs the same. Each manufacturer's specifications enables you to compare luminaires and forecast Whole-of-Life costs. Unios luminaires reduces operational costs (OPEX), including electrical and maintenance.
A visual comparison of lighting transformation
Circadian Cycles
Dark Ceilings
Medical Diagnosis
Light Uniformity
Using a lighting solution with colour temperatures that mimic the cycle of daylight can deliver natural light variations from dawn to dusk.
By focusing on a more even illumination across surfaces, including ceilings — spaces can feel less confined and more welcoming.
The correct lighting levels, colour rendering and colour temperature can play a large role in accurately diagnosing skin conditions.
A more uniform light distribution makes wayfinding unambiguous and allows the residents to more easily navigate.
More than ever, there is a calling for quality Aged Care facilities across Australia. Learn how great lighting can positively impact comfort and well-being.
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