Spaces for Positive Healthcare Experiences
Date: May 6, 2021
One silver lining to the pandemic? Major advancements in healthcare are happening faster than ever before. This goes not only for COVID vaccines, but for healthcare environments and technology as well. Keeping up with updated healthcare space means being mindful about the safety, health, and wellness of everyone involved.
The Core Of Healthcare: People
At the very core of healthcare is the people it touches. It’s the patients, the caregivers, and the friends and loved ones who hold us all together. Changes in healthcare facilities need to keep these people at the top of mind in order to be successful.
- Caregivers - Doctors and nurses have essential tools and spaces they need to do a great job for the patients. This includes non-patient areas like lounges and break rooms.
- Patients - Patient rooms, treatment rooms, and recovery rooms have specific needs, including comfort and cleanability.
- Community - Loved ones who are waiting for a patient need ways to relax, recharge, and even grab a bite to eat.
For the doctors, nurses, technicians, and anyone else who makes it possible for patients to get well, the spaces they inhabit need to be created with care.
Caregivers require places for their teams to work together and collaborate. Team spaces like work desks and huddle rooms need to be flexible and allow for fast paced collaboration. Architectural spaces like the Haworth Pergola allow for enclosed and open spaces that can be particularly useful for shift changes, and rounds kick off.
Respite spaces are also needed for these staff members to avoid burnout. Outdoor spaces allow for caregivers to literally get a breath of fresh air, while staff rooms allow a more relaxed environment indoors. Having well-designed places allows caregivers to clear their mind, and come back to work refreshed. Seating options like the indoor Cabana Lounge, or the outdoor Tate Tables and Chairs provide comfort as well as plenty of room for coworkers to relax together.
When patients visited your facility a year ago, they probably had a very different experience than they do today. Social distancing and upgrades in technology require healthcare institutions to make new accommodations to their facilities.
In outpatient facilities, this may mean that patients do not wait in a waiting room, and instead wait in their exam room. Inpatient rooms may need to be more adaptable between ICU rooms and standard patient rooms. Treatment and infusion spaces are transitioning to a more relaxed, and less clinical feeling with the addition of residential styled furniture, plants, and daylight. Pieces like Gates Recliner are more comfortable than traditional medical furniture and give the effect of a lounge chair while remaining clinically designed.
Likewise, family and friends will also have a very different experience when their loved ones are being treated. A focus on social distancing requires more variety of waiting spaces indoors, as well as options for outdoor gathering.
Large, open rooms like a lobby or cafeteria can be designed for multiple needs. Using spaces like the BuzziBooth allows for community members to get some work done, take calls in privacy, or enjoy a little space alone. The Atwell Occasional Table makes it easy for people to relax and charge their phone or computer without needing to sit separately from other family members in a community space.
Healthcare spaces are deeply important in our communities, and now's the time to make sure your facility meets the needs of a changing healthcare landscape. To learn more about updates in healthcare environments, please get in touch with Marie Richoux and set up a meeting. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule.