VISUAL TIMING LIGHT BIODYNAMIC LIGHT IN ELDERLY CARE
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”All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life are made up of light and shade” iStockphoto ® / Shaun Lowe Leo N. Tolstoy, ”Anna Karenina”

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CONTENTS VISUAL TIMING LIGHT THE THIRD DIMENSION OF LIGHT. ADVANTAGES FOR RESIDENTS. ADVANTAGES FOR CAREGIVERS. BENEFITS FOR OPERATORS AND HOME MANAGERS. THE LIGHT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM VTL. 26 iStockphoto ® / Shaun Lowe BETTER LIGHTING FOR THE ELDERLY. ADDED VALUE VISUAL TIMING LIGHT (VTL). BIOLOGICALLY EFFECTIVE LIGHT.

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NATURE AS A MODEL. AND A LITTLE BIT BETTER. Light is everything in nature. It provides growth, diversity and beauty. We humans are a part of nature. Light is therefore the most natural nourishment in the world for us. It determines our entire existence: Light affects important hormonal and metabolic processes, synchronizing our internal clocks again and again. Light gives our lives rhythm. Whenever there is a lack of natural daylight our rhythm is disrupted. The Visual Timing Light (VTL) system from Derungs recreates the effects of natural daylight, restoring proper rhythm and balance to...

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iStockphoto ® / Kings Photo

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MARVEL OF NATURE. THE THIRD DIMENSION OF LIGHT. It is well known that the benets of light go beyond just helping us see and creating a pleasant atmosphere within a space. Now, scientic research has shown that natural light also positively affects our biological health and well-being. These ndings have created the third biological dimension of light. For people that are conned to the indoors most of the time, such as the elderly and physically impaired, the lack of daylight can have far-reaching implications. Insufcient natural day light has a profound negative affect on people’s lives....

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Fotolia LLC / Oleksii Sergieiev

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FASCINATION OF LIGHT AND PEOPLE. THE INTERNAL CLOCK. Light controls a variety of internal clocks that regulate our day/night cycle and inuence critical neurological and metabolic processes. Although our biological clocks are genetically preset to compensate for the 24-hour cycle, it must be re-synchronized daily through exposure to daylight or articial light designed to replicate daylight. Hormone levels of Melatonin, Cortisol and Serotonin, all crucial elements in keeping our systems in balance, are greatly impacted by this process. If exposure to daylight is missing, sleep disorders,...

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Fotolia LLC / Tilio & Paolo

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BIOLOGICALLY EFFECTIVE LIGHT. TAKING CUES FROM NATURE. When trying to mimic the effects of natural light to balance people’s circadian rhythms, the lighting system should follow similar parameters to nature. As in nature, the main illumination should originate from a large source area light. The combination of direct and indirect light sources produces an “articial sky light”. Ideally, the wall and ceiling light blend smoothly, giving the environment a soft, natural feel. ANGLE BLUE EFFECT ineffective moderate (Source: www.licht.de) most effective (acv optimal) less effective (risk of...

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VISUAL TIMING LIGHT. SEEING THE LIGHT OF DAY. Digital Technology has changed our lives. By simulating the environment‘s 24-hour light cycle, the Visual Timing Lighting system by Derungs, replicates natural daylight and provides residents visual comfort by regulating their natural circadian rhythms. Various lighting scenarios can be defined via sophisticated, digital lighting controls. Each scenario can be customized by having a special adjustment of light color and intensity to provide the most pleasant lighting. NON-TRANSITIONAL VISUAL TIMING LIGHT The cold tone light activates and...

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BETTER LIGHTING FOR THE ELDERLY. SENIORS IN FOCUS. Elderly people and dementia patients are often burdened by age-related vision loss as well as difficulties with balance and perception. Considering the impairment of function that these conditions create, it is clear that good lighting is essential for independent living and safety. Poor visual and perceptual ability can best be compensated for by sophisticated lighting technology and a professional lighting concept. MORE LIGHT FOR MORE QUALITY OF LIFE Light requirement The aging eye needs more light intensity than with the younger eye....

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DEMENTIA. ONE OF THE GREATEST CHALLENGES. According to studies, one out of every two people will require significant nursing care at some point in their lifetime. The diagnosis of Dementia is particularly challenging for patients, caregivers and family members alike. This trend is increasing as our population ages. A state of disorientation, anxiety, stress and relocation to a nursing facility are typical for people diagnosed with this condition. They are often in a perpetual fog which is reinforced by insufficient light and poor vision. Both pathological and biological disorders including...

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ADVANTAGES FOR RESIDENTS. AS IF THE SUN IS SHINING. Independent studies show a direct link between daylight and well-being. We now know that biodynamic light has a positive impact on emotional and physical well-being. Morning light invigorates the mind and promotes activity. From the middle of the day, warm tone light supports the body and prepares it for the night. The day-night rhythm is sustainably stabilized. In some cases, gerontologists even see opportunities to reduce dosages of sleep medications. BENEFITS AT A GLANCE A lack of daylight is compensated for and can prevent the...

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ADVANTAGES FOR CAREGIVERS. GOOD LIGHT RELIEVES THE CAREGIVERS. Employees report that proper lighting enhances the work environment and results in less eye strain and fatigue. If residents feel more relaxed, more comfortable in their surroundings and participate more in daily activities, it improves the effectiveness of caregivers’ efforts. At the same time, VTL helps in creating a common routine for the day. It provides visual cues for meal times and recreation. Especially in people with dementia, VTL helps to stabilize the sleep-wake cycle. In short: The nursing staff also benefits from...

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