WINNIPEG – A brand new, home-like house at Well being Sciences Centre Winnipeg could result in extra Canadians dwelling independently at house for longer. Aptly named, the Good Suite was constructed by the College of Manitoba School of Rehabilitation Sciences and formally opened to be used earlier this month.
“It’s actually state-of-the-art by way of know-how and entry to know-how,” mentioned Jacquie Ripat, the faculty’s affiliate dean of analysis. “So actually attempting to discover using know-how in methods that may hold folks dwelling safely at their house, independently and actually enhancing their high quality of life.”
At first look, the Good Suite appears to be like like every other one bed room, two-bath house. A better look and it’s simple to see it’s far more. There’s good know-how like audio system and cameras, even a cellular robotic.
“This facility is like an incubator that may home know-how for testing and implementation,” mentioned Amine Choukou. The affiliate professor is utilizing the house for digital actuality analysis the place sufferers who reside removed from Winnipeg can strive the house remotely.
The suite can be obtainable clinically for sufferers at HSC who may have an evaluation earlier than they transfer from the hospital again into their house.
Whereas flat screens, good lights and voice-activated name buttons are flashy items of know-how, the primary analysis venture taking place within the suite is concentrating on an easier idea, ergonomic kitchen counter heights. Utilizing an individual’s elbow top from the ground, 5 stations within the Good Suite kitchen transfer up and right down to go well with whoever is utilizing them. The thought is to make evidence-based suggestions for equipment and counter heights for individuals who could wish to make renovations to their kitchen based mostly on their potential.
“We’re capable of regulate the totally different counter heights and actually look at security and performance in ways in which haven’t been finished earlier than,” mentioned Ripat.
Mimi Locher, dean of the U of M’s college of structure tried out the good kitchen for herself and located the customized top counters a lot simpler to make use of. A barely decrease sink made the largest distinction.
“I can think about washing dishes within the sink and never worrying concerning the water operating down my elbows as a result of its low sufficient whereas usually sinks are so excessive that my elbows are moist and I’m dripping,” she mentioned.