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Future Care Group

Circadian Lighting Benefits

BRIEF

The Future Care Group were upgrading two of their dementia care units in their sites at Oaklands House near Southampton and at Chestnut View in Haslemere, Surrey. Along with substantial re-decoration and room usage changes and upgrades, an improved bio-adaptive lighting scheme incorporating circadian-supportive lighting was identified as a key element to the unit’s upgrade. Circadcare were involved in the design, specification and subsequent installation and calibration of the lighting.

SOLUTION

Circadacare proposed replacing the existing lights in the circulation, dayrooms and bedrooms with spectrum-controlled circadian. The systems were designed to suit each project’s individual needs with care taken over the lighting fixture selection to suit the design aesthetic whilst delivering the lighting performance required. Measurements were taken all around the units with the existing lighting to identify potential lighting issues that could be addressed to support improved visual acuity as well as provide the right levels of circadian stimulus.

Circadacare worked with Future Care Group’s chosen contractors for the installation and carried out the setup and commissioning of the circadian system in both dementia units. The systems provide automated control of the colour spectrum of visible daylight through multiple colour channels in each light without the need for staff operation. The precise delivery of the right colour mix, or spectrum of light, at the right time of day for human circadian cycles, is assured.

Individual room settings were adjusted to accommodate specific requirements for intensity levels or other needs, and the systems were equipped with an Override setting. During the late evening and nighttime, the system responds to staff intervention needs by immediately switching to full brightness when activated. A range of lighting fixture designs and types were developed to combine blending with the design aesthetic for the home as well as effective delivery of the spectrum-controlled light.

The system uses standard light switches and sensors in the same way as a conventional lighting system, making it easy for residents and staff.

RESULT

In both dementia units, the lighting has been massively improved for both residents and staff. Circadian disruption has been eliminated from light sources through the circadian-specific control in conjunction with the specialist LED lights; however, the upgrade design remained uncompromised. Both dementia care units now benefit from a circadian-supportive environment for all residents and staff.

The ambient environment supports their natural circadian rhythms, and Future Care Group CEO Arnon Rubinstein, Managing Director of Future Care Group, says:” Oaklands House residents are now benefitting from the new installation of Circadian lighting, and it has been a really good experience to easily and cost-effectively use the principles of human-centric lighting in our homes.”