Healthcare

Care home installs dynamic lighting for dementia patients

Two corridors, one light in white light and one lit in orange light.
The Birkelund Nursing Home in Hedensted, Denmark, says its automatic full dynamic circadian lighting has been validated by scientists and modified by the feedback from the employees.

A CARE HOME has installed a sophisticated tuneable lighting system to help its dementia patients sleep better. 

The Birkelund Nursing Home in Hedensted, Denmark, says its automatic full dynamic circadian lighting has been validated by scientists and modified by the feedback from the employees. 

It includes scenarios for relaxing in the TV room in a greenish tone as well as free-from-blue night light, so the residents maintain a stable circadian rhythm and sleep pattern, while the staff can do their evening and night tasks.

The installation consists of architectural surface-mounted BaseCare luminaires from Danish firm Lightcare, which were used in all areas, including common rooms and corridors.

The fittings feature with full dynamic circadian lighting and customised light scenarios. 

The company helped during the process by giving advice to which scenarios and colour combinations scientists around the world have found suitable in sections for dementia and what other nursing homes have found suitable.

The system includes tuneable white, red, green, and blue LED which among other things can make lighting scenarios varying from super warm candle lighting of 1200K to an ultra-cool blue-sky 12000K.

It also includes ‘therapy boost’ and ‘calming sensory’ settings as well as ‘Snoezel’ scenarios, multi-sensory environments designed to relax occupants, reduce their agitation and anxiety, while also increasing engagement, stimulating reactions and encouraging communication. 

The LED lighting can produce 16.7 million colour combinations. It’s controlled with a user-friendly touchscreen which can be overridden by push buttons in various locations in the nursing home.

The nursing home received a grant from the Danish government for the lighting installation.