Insufficient lighting in nursing homes.

A 2007 article from the Journal of American Medical Directors, highlights the issue of insufficent lighting in nursing homes.  This article has details of a study into the issue.

Objectives
The objective of this study was to measure the level of lighting in nursing homes in a variety of areas to determine its adequacy in meeting the visual needs of elderly residents.

Results
On a sunny day, the amount of light met the ES (European Standard) in 5 of the 8 nursing homes and met the AS (Adapted Standard) in 1 of the 8 nursing homes in at least 8 of 16 places. On a cloudy day, the amount of light met the ES in 2 of the 8 nursing homes in at least 8 of 16 places, and no nursing home met the AS in at least 8 of 16 places. According to the AS, the amount of light was insufficient at both other moments in all institutions.

Conclusion
The amount of light in the nursing homes was seldom sufficient to meet the visual needs of older people. This lack of illumination may induce a higher risk of accidental falls for dementia patients as well as for other residents.

The full report is available here.

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