Removing Barriers to Provide Person-Centered Care 

The adaptation of codes and regulations to support non-institutional, person-centered environments is a significant barrier to improving senior living care. Jane Rohde has participated in several initiatives to educate those developing guidelines; including the AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community, the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI), the Center for Health Design, the Hulda B. & Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation, the Pioneer Network, Planetree and others to create guidelines that support this evolution. 

Amending Standards and Codes to Accommodate High Performance Health Care Facilities

Jane Rohde is a voting member of the ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 189.3P Standard for Design, Construction, and Operation of Sustainable High Performance Health Care Facilities. The ultimate goal for 189.3, which references ASHRAE/ USGBC/ IES Standard 189.1 Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings, is to become part of the compliance path for healthcare facilities within the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).  Jane is the chair of the “Materials and Resources” (Section 9) of the ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 189.3, and has suggested an informed new section, “Emissions and Control of Pollutant Sources,” based on her experience with the Green Globes® Green Building Rating Systems. Jane is applying her experience with multiple attribute standards (such as NSF and UL Environment standards) and her advocacy of life cycle analysis, to create a usable and obtainable minimal standard for sustainable healthcare environments. 

Establishing New Guidelines for Codes and Licensing

Jane is the primary editor, content coordinator and chair of the committee for the recently published Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities.  In 2014, this revolutionary set of guidelines was created in addition to a sister publication, Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities.  Originally federal guidelines, they have been published by AIA and ASHE, and are now under the auspices of the Facility Guidelines Institute. The guidelines are adopted as code and are used by healthcare licensing regulators (authorities having jurisdiction), health care design professionals and care providers across the United States.  The 2018 cycle for the next edition is underway; and Jane will be joined by John Shoesmith and Addie Abushousheh to create a tri-chair team for developing updates.