Designing for a Changing System

Over the past decade, the healthcare industry has undergone significant changes. Advances in healthcare technology, the introduction of urgent care centers, and a spike in patients with health insurance have changed the needs of healthcare professionals and patients. While healthcare facilities are figuring out ways to offer open layout floor plans that help to foster collaboration between doctors and staff, their number one priority is the health and safety of patient and caregiver.

Revamp Your Waiting Room

Waiting room

Waiting rooms in urgent care facilities and most doctors’ offices are now being built with the patient in mind. Reception desks are now often a part of the waiting room, rather than being sectioned off as another room.  Ensure that there is enough space between chairs to prevent contact between other people who might be contagious.

Although some doctors’ offices request that patrons stay off cell phones, some offices are adapting to incorporating technology into the waiting room experience. Self check-in kiosks, free Wi-Fi, and outlets near many chairs are just a few ways that doctor’s offices are attempting to make a more comfortable area before treatments.

Bring In Natural Lighting

Natural Light

In a medical setting, it is important to help make patients feel at ease. Natural light in waiting rooms, common areas, and even in examination rooms could help patients feel a little more comfortable. Not only can sunlight save you money on electric bills but it can also boost morale and be better for the body’s circadian system.

Color Choice & Artwork

Color Choice

For areas where natural lighting may not be a viable option, color choice is extremely important in a healthcare setting. While most healthcare facilities want cheerful colors, it’s important to be cautious when selecting the shade and the location. For hospitals, color can often define a certain wing or be used as a directional guide. Within rooms, a bright color should be placed behind the bed to greet visitors. Natural colors, such as blues, greens, and browns, are great for healthcare facilities because they represent natural settings and give off a calm feeling.

Artwork has also become common in many health facilities. Working with an interior designer could allow you to find artwork that fits in with the rest of your design. If you cannot afford a designer, you can also consider a local artist who could add a nice local element to your walls.

Furniture That’s Worry Free

Worry Free Furniture

Many healthcare facilities are looking for furniture that is free of harmful chemicals. Furniture used in examination rooms, waiting areas, or any healthcare facility should be easy to clean. The furniture you select for your business should be easy to clean and disinfected every day.

Nursing homes and hospitals have also been incorporating furniture that reminds the patient of their residence. Incorporate furniture like nightstands, couches, and tables to make their room feel like home. This could make their room less sterile and stuffy.

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Topics: Healthcare