Monday, August 14, 2017

LED Lights: Do You Use Them in Your Skilled Nursing Center?

Do you use special "tunable" light-emitting diode (LED) lights at your skilled nursing center? Brown University's Center for Long-Term Care Quality & Innovation (Q&I Center) would like to know.

The Q&I Center, which the Brown University School of Public Health established in partnership with the AHCA in 2014 to help find innovative ways to improve quality of care in skilled nursing centers across the country, is looking to identify centers that have installed, or are planning to install, a specific kind of LED light.

Over the past few years, LED lighting technology has rapidly evolved. New tunable LED lights can be pre-programmed to change in color temperature and intensity over the course of the day and night in a cycle that is similar to the natural cycle of day and night light. 

In fact, some preliminary evidence suggest that these lights may benefit center residents, particularly those with Alzheimer's disease, as well as staff. The Q&I Center is partnering with the Center of Design for an Aging Society to evaluate the impact of these lights on resident outcomes.

If any of your centers have tunable LED lights installed, or plan to install tunable LED lights, please email Rosa Baier here by September 15 to learn more about including your center/s in an evaluation of the impact of these lights. 

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