Flexible Wall Panels for a Hospice Care Environment
Foyer Lacombe (located in St. Albert, AB) is a health facility specializing in long-term and hospice care. Previously a chapel, the converted space lacks private or flexible areas for staff and residents alike. For this self-directed project, I focused on improving the common area inside the hospice ward.
I connected with the site lead nurse and toured the facility, including the long-term care residents’ rooms, dining and kitchen area, the hospice care ward and the staffing area. Based on the timeframe and personal observations, I chose to work on a design concept that could make the hospice ward more home-like, welcoming, and multi-functional.
The main concept is a movable wall panel system, similar to traditional folding screens. The panels can be used to divide and create smaller spaces within the larger common area of the hospice ward. Panels have noise-insulating felt and sit on rolling casters that can be locked down, which can be easily set up by staff or family members.
With two panel sizes and multiple configurations, the panels have flexible functionality and can adapt to different scenarios, increasing opportunities to create home-like environments and experiences such as children play areas, dining rooms or reading nooks.
The noise-insulating felt can be CNC-routed with customized patterns to suit the space’s needs, bringing aesthetically-pleasing environments to complement health and healing.
Overall, the site lead nurse was pleased with the concept and has shared the idea with Covenant Care, the health authority overseeing Foyer Lacombe. As a result, they were interested in the proposal and planned to initiate a formal partnership to produce and test the product in the near future.