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    This is set up in a “quiet room” which by daytime looks like a 1970s dining room, but can also be set up for residents to get away from the more hectic areas and look at pretty lights/pictures and/or listen to music (basically a chill out room for seniors :wink:). There is now an electric projection screen in front of the window; I previously had the idea of concealing the projector, DVD player, audio mixer and other stuff in the 1970s store cupboard. The lightbar can be set to various colours; if I can get the budget I might add another one and a DMX contoller of some sort.

    Those are the CPC active loudspeakers; they sounded better than I expected and are just the right volume (to make a room quiet you sometimes need to add more noise!)

    73dbC is within safety limits but drowns out sound from elsewhere in the building; and even with the thin doors the sound doesn’t leak out too much to a larger lounge where folk look at TV.

    I’ve still got a few bits of wiring to do today but after that its all ready to go..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvIPjiiQJhs

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSkzcGAUoe0

    there’s also a oldskool optikinetics (they now use them for old folk to look at; the patterns calm them down)

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    Dr Bunsen
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    Very nice Alex. I’m genuinely impressed. 🙂

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    Angel
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    I wish we had you where I work! :sign0098:

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    @Dr Bunsen 563264 wrote:

    Very nice Alex. I’m genuinely impressed. 🙂

    @angel 563267 wrote:

    I wish we had you where I work! :sign0098:

    thanks for the compliments; but I am surprised that they do not already have such installations in Denmark (I did see an article about a big light panel put in the maternity ward of a hospital outside Copenhagen that Philips make (it was impressive but must have cost a few crowns/Euros) – apparently it is supposed to relax mothers who are giving birth and there is a baby shortage in Northern Europe (as well as many of the richer Asian countries).

    I’d also got the impression that if anything there were more technicians/engineers available in healthcare organisations and many of them are far cleverer than I am – perhaps they are too busy with other stuff and they stick to the 37-40 hour work week (this project had to be fitted around less interesting stuff like keeping the patients database and telephone systems working well, replacing defective stuff/keeping away hackers etc…).

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    There are different kind of old people homes in Denmark. The one I work in have 50 apartments in total and 12 on the floor where I work. The apartments are their own home and they can come and go as they please. Some can’t leave alone though. Most of them want to eat breakfast in their apartment and have lunch in the big diningroom. If they want peace they go in their own room and listen to music, watch tv or reading.

    We do have a new super old people home in Aalborg

    http://www.fremtidensplejehjem.dk/media/14969/fp_koncept_engelskfinal.pdf

    You do however have to a bit able to take care of yourself if you want to live there. They don’t take old people with alzheimers because it’s very open.

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    @angel 563277 wrote:

    There are different kind of old people homes in Denmark. The one I work in have 50 apartments in total and 12 on the floor where I work. The apartments are their own home and they can come and go as they please. Some can’t leave alone though. Most of them want to eat breakfast in their apartment and have lunch in the big diningroom. If they want peace they go in their own room and listen to music, watch tv or reading.

    We do have a new super old people home in Aalborg

    http://www.fremtidensplejehjem.dk/media/14969/fp_koncept_engelskfinal.pdf

    You do however have to a bit able to take care of yourself if you want to live there. They don’t take old people with alzheimers because it’s very open.

    The larger one I work at is halfway between the two of those, although it does take in alzheimers patients on one floor.

    It is however far out in the countryside (about 15km from the nearest large towns) The problem we get in the UK (as well as not having very reliable broadband or telecoms services) is that the local communities do not allow enough space for these buildings and don’t want to pay any extra tax (even when many of them are of the same age groups!). There has already been a scandal here as the council homes are privatised to some company based in London who put down all the staff wages and are now in trouble with regulators as the standard of care has dropped (I do not work for these but for a smaller group of private homes)

    One thing I noticed was that the residents look a lot healthier (possibly younger?) than British ones and there were a lot more men around to the point at sometimes I wasn’t sure whether some of the balding middle aged men were patients, or managers/engineers/profs (maybe some are both,as it also appears to be some sort of college?). They certainly looked a bit younger than age 75.

    I do wonder though if a lot of the difference is in other North European countries different age groups are encouraged to integrate more?

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    It’s made with some money from different schools for research of different kind. There’s a restaurant there where they can bring their family for dinner and even strangers from outside can go eat.

    I think the elderly in Denmark look very youthfull and act it too.
    I’m contact person for an old guy in the nursing home. When I was introduced to him the first day, I thought he was about 80 or less, he is a very good looking gentleman (he is a gentleman).
    Was talking to him about his life, and what things he still were able to manage by himself. He can’t cook and he’s not as steady on his legs as he once were, so he need help taking a bath, shaving, brushing teeth, finding clothes and so on.

    Turns out he’s 97 :crazy:

    My own granmother still live in her own house and she turns 86 in april, she’s getting blind now and have a really hard time accepting it. She do however get help at home twice a day to get help with her medicine, and taking a bath a few times a week.

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    I noticed in DE, DK, NL, NO and SE there also seem to be a lot more middle aged chaps who get their retirement pension fairly early in their 60s; and have lots of spare time so stay fit and active but the moment they get age-related health problems their treatment is provided as quickly as possible rather than them having to be over 80 like in England (if they manage to last that long!)

    Had a slight delay to this project due to other work (2 x defective laptops this week + intermittent network problems) plus the first set of active speakers blew their elcos; but completed all the major stuff today (added a 5 way HDMI switcher + a 2 way DA so a TV set can be used to monitor the projector output by the activities staff who would be operating this equipment, and as the Opti and mirror ball had to go back to the other site I work at I found another LED light effect (these “moon bulbs” are only €10, fit in to a E27 socket but also come with adaptors for E14 and B22D)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5847Ejy-WR4

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