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AAH1911: End-of-life Care Environment 

10-16-2019 10:12

This webinar was sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) on December 10, 2019.


The physical environment of end-of-life care or hospice care has significant impacts on dying patients’ quality of life and possibility of a good death. This presentation will introduce eleven environmental therapeutic goals for designing end-of-life care settings, such as privacy, access to nature, family accommodation, support after death. These goals reflect two characteristics; each expresses a basic or derived major patient’s need, and a potential environmental facilitator for the satisfaction of the need. The findings were developed from a series of research studies. This session will present the requirements and the design considerations to provide supportive end-of-life care environments for patients, their family members, and staff. A list of design criteria will be shared.   


After participating in this webinar attendees will:

  1. Gain knowledge about the eleven environmental therapeutic goals for designing end-of-life care settings, such as privacy, autonomy, access to nature.
  2. Learn how to facilitate the environmental characteristics that have significant impact on patients’ “quality of life” and possibility of a “good death” to achieve satisfaction in end-of-life care.
  3. Understand the needs of family members at the end-of-life care settings and learn the design considerations for family before and after patients’ death.
  4. Recognize the requirements and design issues related to provide a supportive environment for the end-of-life care staff.

EDUCATION LEVEL: Intermediate 

IDEAL AUDIENCE: Any size of firm designing for: End-of-life care, palliative care, hospice, ICU.  The Masters Studio sessions are tailored to provide healthcare design professionals with sufficient exposure to jump-start interest in wanting to learn more.

SPEAKER: Sharmin Kader, Ph.D. / TreanorHL
MODERATOR: Michelle Yates, APR, FSMPS, EDAC / Lawrence Group


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