NEWS Making cities ‘friendlier places’ for all

Speaking at the recent Futurebuild 2019 event in London, architect, service-user, and past-director of the Design in Mental Health Network, Dr Rob MacDonald, tackled issues faced by people living with dementia, and highlighted the Network’s contribution.

Addressing delegates under the heading ‘Making Friendlier Cities for All’, he and his co-presenters addressed urban environments that must serve different age groups. From the platform, he characterised the example of DiMHN as a compassionate and sensitive champion of mental health needs. DiMHN President, Joe Forster, who heard him speak, said: “Our age, from childhood to senior citizenship, can change our perception of place. The key challenge is to make cities become friendly places with which all generations can engage. One powerful point from Rob was that when seen from the height of a child or a homeless person

Reader in Architecture at Liverpool John Moores University), Rob has come to experience his ‘life world’ through his own bipolar condition, not as a disability, but rather as a vital perspective. This was richly borne out during his tenure as a past director of the DiMHN.”

sat on the street, dramatic differences occur in the experience of pollution, wayfinding, and interaction with community and infrastructure.” Dr MacDonald also referred to his involvement in the design of the ‘dementia- friendly’ demonstrator house at the Building Research Establishment. In that project (see pages 11-16), he facilitated the participation of people with dementia. Joe Forster explained: “Alongside a distinguished academic career (he is

Show van with innovation on tap

Glasgow-based camper-van conversion firm, Caledonian Campers, has undertaken what designer and manufacturer of specialist thermostatic mixing valves, showers, and taps, Horne Engineering, dubs an ‘outstanding bespoke conversion’, to create a special ‘Show Van’, in which it can demonstrate its product range to hospital engineers and facilities management staff, infection prevention and specialist care staff, architects, consulting engineers, and FM providers.

Long wheel-based and high-roofed, the van has standing head-room, and is fitted out with ‘a very comprehensive sample’ of Horne’s current product range of showers, Optitherm medical taps, mixing valves, and the patented ILTDU In-line Thermal Disinfection Unit.

The on-board computer also allows for slide shows of installations, and media presentations, to further illustrate a point or concept. Centrally heated, and with hot and cold liquid refreshments available, the Horne Show Van will tour year-round, and operate, initially, across Scotland. Horne’s original show van is also available on a shared basis across England and Wales.

At another recent event in Halton, Cheshire, Dr MacDonald presented a copy of the book, Essentials of Mental Health Nursing, to directors of Halton Autistic Family Support Group (HAFS). In the chapter he co-authored with Joe Forster, HAFS is described as ‘an exemplar of user- led services’. Run by and for families affected by the autism spectrum, HAFS now provides significant support to well over a hundred families, and receives referrals from statutory providers. Pictured, left to right, at the Halton event, are: HAFS development manager, Ciaran Shanahan, Joe Forster, Dr Rob MacDonald, and HAFS chairman, Mike Fry.

Unobtrusive monitoring

The new Hanwha Techwin Wisenet TNV-7010RC 3 megapixel corner mount camera has been designed to meet the requirements of mental health institutions, where there is a duty of care to prevent self-harm. It has a built-in 940 nm IR emitter which projects infrared light up to 10 m at a higher wavelength than traditional red glowing IR lighting. Invisible to the human eye, this avoids disturbing those sleeping in secure rooms. The ‘true day/night camera’, which can capture clear, sharp colour images in light levels as low as 0.3 Lux, also features Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), which performs at up to 120 dB, ‘to accurately produce images in scenes that simultaneously contain very bright and very dark areas’.


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