Health care design is about creating environments that encourage wellbeing and recovery but also provide functionality and integration of technical equipment and specialised facilities. The challenge for architects is to combine the beautiful within the practical and to embrace the current technical with a vision that accommodates for the future as innovation and technology in the medical field moves forward. Consideration of the patient regarding their privacy, dignity, safety and support for healing must be delivered in the design together with meeting and understanding the needs of the many and various healthcare professionals that must also work within the space. Healthcare design is about finding that balance.
Aged care architecture has the challenges of providing spaces for residents with consideration to accessibility, aesthetics, comfort, safety and functionality. Homes for the aged should also be providing environments that are stimulating and reflective of the people who live within them encouraging engagement and fulfillment of life. The quality of the environment which includes the interiors, the walls, the finishes, the furnishings and outlook are as essential to the happiness of the resident as the practical design.