Behavioral Healthcare Furniture for a Safe Secure Environment

Furniture for Behavioral Health should embrace the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual or holistic aspects of healing. Bright spaces and open floorplans encourage behavioral health patients to spend time out of their rooms, participating in activities with other patients. Because safety is paramount, the selection of healthcare furniture requires an eye for design and careful … Continued

Designing Healthcare Environments for Children

When designing healthcare environments for children consider, first, who is using the space. Children’s hospital interiors should be designed to serve children of all ages. The needs of a five-year-old will be different from that of a 15-year-old. The needs will also vary based on the reason the child is in the hospital. The types … Continued

Modern Design Ideas for Healthcare Centers

Healthcare interior design is much like a baby being born, designing healthcare furniture for everyone who goes to the hospital takes time and the end result will be many years of happiness. There are so many areas of the hospital where modern healthcare design can have a positive impact where family members of different ages … Continued

Modern Design Ideas for Senior Living Communities

A design driver for a modern senior living lifestyle that includes Seniors that are living longer more active lives include areas of a community that take into consideration some of the following. Some still enjoy craft activities, which were popular in the past, but most are going out to dinner and a movie, taking to … Continued

Top 5 Healthcare Design Trends for 2017

Healthcare design trends transform the patient experience into one of a warm inviting environment and away from the past clinical experiences of yesteryear. Today HCAHP scores rate the patient experience and can have a very definitive result on how a hospital is perceived by the public and can affect up to 2% of their Medicare … Continued

Top Senior Living Design Trends

The designers at Kwalu are always keeping an eye out for what’s next. Designing space and furniture for seniors can be a tricky business. The whole premise is to design a community where space must be efficient, be impeccably maintained and provide the look and feel of home. To further compound the challenge, designers must … Continued

Top Senior Living Furniture Trends

As the average age of residents continues to rise, so do their acuity levels.  This will bring a greater need for furniture that is designed for safety, but also comfort.  Comfort is not just tactile, but it’s also how the design aesthetic makes you feel and its ease of use. Below are senior living furniture … Continued

9 Innovative Ways to Balance Form & Function in Senior Living Interior Design

Senior living interior design is evolving.  The median age of senior housing residents is now 87 and is increasing by .8 every year.  As a result, assisted living and independent living residents are increasingly frail and have more acute conditions. While interior designs should be stylish and attractive to impress potential new residents, it is also … Continued

Simple Tricks to Keeping Your Assisted Living & Memory Care Community Looking Brand New for Years

As assisted living residents are increasing in both age and acuity levels of conditions, wear & tear to your assisted living or memory care community can happen at a faster rate.  This can lead to increased annual cost of replacing furniture and a less than stellar visual appeal that may turn away new residents. Luckily … Continued

Understanding the Total Cost of Furniture Ownership

When evaluating purchases and attempting to understand the total cost of furniture ownership, there are more factors than many realize. Below are just a few you should consider when evaluating your alternatives. Replacement or Refinishing Costs On average, wood products need to be replaced every 5-7 years due to joint failure, breakages or the unsightly … Continued

The Patient Room of the Future – Is it here now?

In November of 2013, the Wall Street Journal published an article titled “The Hospital Room of the Future”. This article provided a look from the Mayo Clinic into a future state of how hospital rooms could be improved. One of the biggest drivers of this is the reduction of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs). The article … Continued

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