Creating Right Environment To Support Wellbeing

01/04/2011

Ambius’ services for Care Homes and Health Practitioners

Ambius has a range of products and services that are picked for their well-being properties, such as large-leafed plants for noise reduction or producing oxygen and removing toxins from the air. Ambius is the only interior landscaper with a broad range of research backed well-being solutions.

Ambius offers a full service solution which includes designing, installing and maintaining interior and exterior landscaping, artwork, scenting and decorations. Once installations have been carried out, Ambius’ horticultural experts will maintain the displays, returning regularly to water, clean, dust, prune and feed.

Independent Research

Research conducted by The University of Exeter with support from Ambius demonstrated that enabling older people in care to express their identity by the simple act of engaging them in the decisions about the way their care home is decorated can pay huge dividends in terms of well-being and happiness.

Empowered residents show greater citizenship behaviour making staff jobs simpler and for the operators of care homes, recruitment of residents becomes easier when there is a noticeably more engaging atmosphere.

In the study covered by the BBC in ‘The Science of the Young Ones’, residents of a care home changed their surroundings using plants and planters supplied by Ambius. The experiment showed that older people who are given choice and responsibility feel happier, healthier and even show improved memory and concentration.

Empowered residents can feel up to 46% more comfortable and up to 40% more satisfied with their life than residents who do not engage in the redesign. Empowered residents generally feel healthier, happier and more satisfied with their lives through being empowered to influence their physical surroundings.

Benefits of plants and artwork

Alleviation of sick building syndrome
Studies in Europe have shown that health complaints at work and symptoms associated with Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) can be dramatically reduced by the addition of good plant displays.

Improvements in air quality
Research has showed that plants can reduce dust levels by as much as 20% in some situations reducing the reliance on air cleaners and improving indoor air quality. Plants are also effective at removing a range of pollutants from their air.

Making patients feel at ease
Research has shown that artwork placed down corridors to the operating theatre increased feelings of calm in patients and create a better customer experience. Good quality, pleasant environments increase recovery times,

Noise reduction
Ambius’ own research and studies conducted by South Bank University in London have demonstrated that plants can be effective at reducing background noise which has been linked to serious heart problems. Species selection and positioning are crucial to achieve these effects.

Combating stress
Buildings are quieter and more relaxed with plants in them, at the same time, more stimulating and interesting. Plants have positive effects on people, can help to enhance moods and help people feel more relaxed and experience less stress.

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