Healing Environment and Life Enrichment Care


The physical environment can help hospital patients recover and also promote the well-being of elderly people in nursing and care homes. Residential care homes also want to differentiate themselves in the care and sustainable environment provided and in terms of good employment practices.


The objective of the Healing Environment project (HEZO) was to create a healing environment in hospitals; this is an environment that promotes the quicker recovery of patients and makes them feel at ease.

The objective of the Life Enrichment Care project (BEZO) was to provide care that enriches the lives of those receiving it. Residential care homes want to use the care and living environment they offer to give meaning to the lives of their vulnerable residents and also provide healthcare professionals a healthy and comfortable working environment.


Click here for the research results: Eindrapportage BEZO 2012-14-38P Hogeschool Utrecht finaal.


01 September 2012 - 31 March 2015


We are developing a number of tools. For example:

  • A digital newsletter;
  • Web texts on the Healing Environment in the Healthcare Sector (HEZO) portal;
  • The Mock-up.

We will organise a number of meetings during the course of the research project and the research group will deliver presentations at meetings organised by third parties.


The results of this project will be incorporated into current teaching materials at the universities of applied sciences and the Eindhoven University of Technology.


Outcomes will be communicated to healthcare and construction professionals in a Mock-Up. This is a test environment in which outcomes are discussed and evaluated. The contributions made by professionals are expressed in the form of advice and feedback at the time of the evaluation and realisation of this model.

HU researchers involved in the research

  • Emelieke Huisman | Researcher | Research group Technology for healthcare innovations
    Emelieke Huisman
    • Researcher
    • Research groups: Technology for Healthcare Innovations
  • Helianthe Kort | Professor | Research group Technology for Healthcare Innovations
    Helianthe Kort
    • Professor
    • Research groups: Technology for Healthcare Innovations

Collaboration with knowledge partners

Other parties involved


This project is being funded by SIA RAAK.

Would you like to collaborate or do you have any questions?

Helianthe Kort | Professor | Research group Technology for Healthcare Innovations

Helianthe Kort

  • Professor
  • Research group: Technology for Healthcare Innovations