The article describes environmental modification strategies for speech-language pathologists hoping improve the patient experience when dining in long term care facilities. Environmental stressors on patient interaction including visual overstimulation, lack of visual contrast, and auditory confusion are described. Methods of modifying visual contrast for diners, improving lighting, and modifying the acoustics of dining areas are noted.
Traces the history of long-term care facility design for the aged based on the works of gerontology advocate M. Powell Lawton. Conceptualization of environment-behavior; Applications to the built environment; Principles for the design of built settings.