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K-State Today

April 24, 2018

Interior design professor presents at annual health care conference

Submitted by College of Human Ecology

Migette Kaup

Migette Kaup, professor of interior design and gerontology, was recently invited to speak at the 2018 NICHE Conference. Topics at the conference include wellness, mental health, diversity and culture, technology and accessibility as they relate to the care of older adults.

Kaup was invited as a plenary speaker and presented "A Changing Landscape in Long-term Care: Looking Forward to New Play-types and Evolving Person-centered Care Practices." Her presentation shared highlights of her research, which looks at the impact of the built environment on the outcomes of care for both residents and staff. She also shared information about the Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes — PEAK 2.0 — program, of which she is a co-investigator. The program is administered through the Center on Aging in the College of Human Ecology.

"The field of health care spans multiple dimensions of place and practice," Kaup said. "In the areas of long-term care, we are seeing significant shifts in how practitioners approach their jobs. I was grateful to be invited to share important research with the care providers who attended the NICHE conference. Broadening awareness of this information is critical to continue to provide innovative solutions that support both high quality of care, as well as a high quality of life for seniors who call these settings home."

Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders, or NICHE, is a nursing education and consultation program designed to improve geriatric care in healthcare organizations. The NICHE program of NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing provides resources for nursing and interdisciplinary teams to achieve organizational goals for the care of older adult patients. The NICHE Conference is part of the year-round education that NICHE offers to help healthcare organizations improve how they care for older adults, providing resources for nursing and interdisciplinary teams to achieve their health care facilities' goals.

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