Effective Colour Design: Aged Care & Healthcare

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WEA House, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney

Effective colour design is imperative in aged care and healthcare for reasons beyond aesthetics, and can achieve these outcomes:

  • Improve environmental visual literacy

  • Encourage and improve engagement;

  • Support orientation and wayfinding;

  • Assist with the safe operation of daily activities.

Effective environmental visual literacy occurs when people can ‘read’ and make sense of the environment in a meaningful way. This is particularly important for older people with declining visual capacity and also for those living with dementia.

This evidence-based seminar gives you the knowledge you need to effectively use colour and contrast in aged care and healthcare. Practical exercises are blended with information that is relevant and insightful. Participants gain valuable insight into the ways in which effective colour design can enhance aged care and healthcare environments.

3 CPD points for architects and designers.

Learning objectives:

1) Identify and distinguish between the attributes of colour: hue, contrast and saturation, and the role these play in visual perception;

2) Understand the roles of colour and contrast in environmental visual literacy;

3) Understand the ways in which colour and contrast can be used to address the needs of older people with declining visual and cognitive ability (including dementia);

4) Identify and apply colour/contrast strategies that aim to improve environmental visual literacy, intuitive design, orientation, wayfinding, signage, and engagement in aged care and healthcare environments;

5) Build a resource of information and colour design strategies for future reference.