Here at CASA SOLO we advance by helping to make this transformation possible, designing hospitals and other health and social care buildings with the age-friendly concept in mind, i.e. giving thought to the needs of older users who are, and will be even more as time goes on, the majority among users of healthcare services. We provide solutions to ensure that elderly patient can receive care in the most appropriate, comprehensive manner with unconditional dignity and respect while recognising the changes and losses that occur in the ageing process. CASA SOLO plans and builds “gerontologically sensitive” healthcare environments aimed at providing spaces that fully respond to the needs of the elderly, emphasising safety, independence, support and comfort for the patients, their families and visitors. “Age-friendly hospital” is a comprehensive, integrated design and organisational concept developed to provide the best response to the challenge of complexity that elderly users often pose.
(Global Age-friendly Cities: A Guide, WHO 2007, fig. 6 Age-friendly city topic areas, pag. 9)
Our objectives are:
• To reduce the risk of functional and psychological deterioration of the elderly during their time in the hospital.
• To enhance the satisfaction of elderly patients and their families with the time spent in hospital.
• To boost the performance of the financial resources.
CASA SOLO applies advanced age-friendly design and also contributes adaptations that will become the norm, helping to create the “advance care planning (ACP)” healthcare that an ageing – and therefore more vulnerable – society requires.