Every design created in healthcare Furniture is much like the birth of a baby. Designing healthcare furniture for everyone who goes to the hospital takes time and the end result delivers many years of happiness. There are so many areas of the hospital where family and friends gather for different reasons. Some are the happiest moments in life and some, of course, are sad. As each of these is a very unique experience, all healthcare spaces and furniture must be designed keeping that in mind.
Watching the Waiting Room
Hospitals are laser focused on the area where people spend a lot of time. The waiting room is where the first impression of the hospital is made when they enter and wait to be called for whatever is ailing them. People come in all shapes, sizes and ages, therefore, healthcare furniture should serve a multitude of individuals. Take into consideration furniture that performs double duty. Bariatric seating, for example, which is carefully integrated into the design style of the waiting room, can also serve as a love seat for a mother and child. Center linking tables with data grommets and chairs should be utilized throughout the waiting area, where space is shared. The bonus here is chairs are separated by tables giving individuals a sense of privacy. Select carefully crafted chairs that take into consideration the frail and elderly, where ergonomics play a key role in the ability to get from the sitting to the standing position safely and comfortably. Lastly, healthcare furniture should be easy to clean and maintain utilizing durable materials that are not cold to the touch and also have a sustainable lifecycle.
Patient Rooms that accommodate do not isolate
It’s the details that stand out when it comes to the message you are sending to patients and their families. Family participation in caring for a loved one at a hospital can be a challenging feat. Healthcare furniture can play a pivotal role in setting the stage for family members to help navigate the patient room in order to participate in the care process effectively in a healthcare environment. Rooms with healthcare furniture that enable visitors to be more self-sufficient free up staff to focus on patient care. Sofas that seat a family and can then convert to a sleeper at night without the assistance of a nurse is preferred. Nightstands that have drawers and cabinets allow family members to organize personal items and cut down on clutter. At Philadelphia’s Children’s Hospital they did a survey to ask children what they wanted most in a hospital room and most children asked for a window where they could control the blinds and a dresser to put their possessions in. Healthcare furniture that most resembles a homelike environment is always the optimum solution.
Coming Clean and Healthcare Furniture
Patients spend a majority of their time in their room so environmental cleanliness plays a key role in patient satisfaction, perceived service quality, and actual quality in terms of infection prevention especially with regard to Healthcare furniture. The thought of leaving a hospital sicker than when you got there is on the minds of those who are submitted for minor surgery. Many patients will use their impression of the physical environment’s look and cleanliness to judge the quality of care they receive. In other words, the better your waiting rooms and public spaces look, including your patient rooms, the louder the message you’ll send to your audience that you care about them, their comfort and their safety. Healthcare furniture beautifully designed and made of high-impact-resilient polymer and patented steel joint construction, ensures that a hospital looks and feels new, year after year.
Private spaces in public places
Noise in a hospital has always been a problem. When designing healthcare furniture for private spaces, especially in a hospital, it is all important to remember that it should be just that, private. People there need a moment to make decisions, take in critical information, or just need space. They should be able to count on an area where the furniture is designed for comfort and a measure of privacy. Wing back chairs and comfortable sofas where family members can sit closely and chat create an atmosphere that is very different from an ER and make patients feel less stressed when waiting or discussing vital information with the doctors.