News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Aged care provider uses daylight to aid residents' health

Aged care provider harnesses the power of daylight to improve health and wellbeing of its residents

Metlifecare, one of New Zealand’s leading aged care providers, has added the latest in natural daylighting technology to its new flagship retirement complex, The Poynton, in Auckland.

“The benefits of natural daylight in aged care are well documented overseas and we want our residents to enjoy a premium living experience with us,” explains Peter Kerrigan, Development Manager at Metlifecare.

Studies have shown that a living environment lit predominantly with natural daylight improves people’s sleep patterns, circadian rhythm and mental health. Health care providers overseas have also found exposure to daylight decreases patient’s length of stay in hospital, lessens agitation among dementia patients and helps to ease pain. (Source: The Impact of Light on Outcomes in Healthcare Settings – The Centre for Health Design, August 2006).

The apartments on the top floor of Metlifecare’s The Poynton complex had Solatube Daylighting Systems installed in the kitchens to enable maximum daylight optimisation. The internal ensuites and bathrooms also had the systems installed to provide natural light to areas that would otherwise be reliant on electric lighting all day.

“Solatube Daylighting Systems allow us to light up interior spaces, even the hard to reach spaces where traditional solutions won’t work, such as internal bathrooms,” says Kerrigan. “We are the leaders in aged care and we are always looking at new ways of improving our residents’ lifestyles. We are confident that Solatube Daylighting Systems will help us to do that.”

Lighting rooms with daylight also has the added benefit of reducing electricity consumption with reduced dependence on electric lighting. Solatube Daylighting Systems are also significantly more thermally efficient than traditional skylights so they do not allow heat loss in winter or heat gain in summer, so there is also a long-term cost benefit.

Mike Cullen, HomeTech Solatube Account Manager, says “Metlifecare have great confidence in the product and installation, it is a tried and tested daylighting solution that consistently produces great results. Many new villages will be designed with them and when existing villages are upgraded they are likely to be retrofitted with Solatube Daylighting Systems.”

Metlifecare
Metlifecare is a publicly listed retirement lifestyle company. Established in 1984, the company has a proven track record of successfully owning and managing retirement villages in New Zealand. All villages are accredited members of The Retirement Villages Association of NZ Inc.

www.metlifecare.co.nz

HomeTech
Based in Lower Hutt, Wellington, HomeTech has a team of technical sales, call centre staff, warehousing and office support throughout New Zealand. The team services residential and commercial markets in addition to working alongside designers, architects and product partners.

The nationwide certified installer and contractor teams are all ‘licensed’ to install HomeTech’s range of products. At present, there are 25 licensees and ten contracting teams throughout New Zealand, having installed more than 100,000 products for thousands of customers nationwide. The network is closely monitored and controlled for quality and in October 2009, the Solatube Daylighting System installation and roof penetrations received BRANZ Appraisal [No: 665]. Part of the Future Proof Building Network (FPB) and the Green Building Council, HomeTech works closely with other building industry innovators to educate New Zealanders about the benefits of having a healthy home.

www.hometech.co.nz and www.solatube.co.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Obituary: Whānau Announce The Passing Of Bruce Stewart QSM

Matua Bruce was an award-winning builder before he embarked on a journey to build Tapu Te Ranga Marae in 1974... He built Tapu Te Ranga Marae from recycled material with just $25 and a dream. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The America’s Cup

The fact New Zealand now reigns supreme once again in the most sophisticated contest in the world’s most elite sport – yacht racing – can’t help but reflect the trajectory the country has been on since the 1980s... More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis: Christopher Marlowe & 'The Tragedy Of Dr. Faustus'

Previous versions of 'The Devil's Pact' can be traced back to the fourth century, Marlowe deviated significantly by depicting his protagonist as unable to burn his books or repent to a merciful God in order to have his contract annulled... More>>

ALSO:

Gold For RNZ: Muslim Post-9/11 Series, Kim Hill Win In New York

The Radio New Zealand podcast series Public Enemy has won a gold award for excellence for its presenter, Mohamed Hassan, at the prestigious New York Festival Radio Awards announced in Manhattan today. RNZ National’s Saturday Morning host, Kim Hill, also received a gold award for Best Radio Personality. More>>

Human Rights Commission: Give Nothing To Racism

A campaign urging New Zealanders to give nothing to racism and refuse to spread intolerance has been launched by some of the country’s most well-known people. More>>

Louis Vuitton Series Win: Emirates Team NZ Will Challenge For The America’s Cup

By beating Artemis 5-2 they now take on Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup match starting next weekend. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland