Sight. Smell. Sound. Touch. Taste. The senses help us understand our surroundings. Many memories, emotions, and decisions are based on what we sense around us. Yet as we age, some of our senses may decline, making our experience in the world less acute. In a healthcare environment, engaging the senses in every possible way is imperative, as it expedites healing, rehabilitation, and helps the patients’ general well-being. There is a multitude of ways to accomplish this goal through architectural and building systems methods. Integration of mechanical fresh air systems, air movement and filtration, lighting systems, sound systems, tactile considerations, and visual aesthetics must be in balance and united to provide the resident with sensory harmony and peace.

“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.”
-Oscar Wilde

“All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche