Acoustical Challenges in Long Term Care facilities
Keywords:Health care, Separation, Air flow, Design requirements, Ducting, Fire separation, Healthcare facility, Long term care, Plumbing Systems, Public areas, Speech privacy, Vibration design
AbstractProviding satisfactory acoustical environments in healthcare facilities can be ensured by applying recommended minimum design requirements provided in Sound and Vibration Design Guidelines for Hospital and Healthcare Facilities1. However, there are still acoustical challenges within long term care facilities that should be addressed, such as: &bull Maintaining speech privacy between rooms and corridors with large undercut door openings for air flow; &bull Maintaining STC ratings of the demising walls where the ceiling plenum is utilized for ducting and plumbing systems; &bull Maintaining speech privacy between rooms and corridors while good speech intelligibility through corridors for caregivers to hear calls from residence inside the room is required. I will discuss the aforementioned issues experienced in one Long Term Care (LTC) facilities, including all challenges for improving acoustical separation between a room, holding a person with dementia who was screaming during days and nights, and the public area, TV room / eating room. Proving the steps taken to improve this acoustical separation is discussed including all challenges on how to not affect fire separation of demising walls and door.
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