The Smart Guide to Making Medical Care Facilities More Cheerful

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If you ever happened to be wheeled on a stretcher in a hospital, and have spent hours there staring at the blank walls, you know how the traditional hospitals were. As a matter of fact, the earlier hospital designs were more focused on treatment modes than on the patient.

The architecture and design of hospitals and healthcare facilities have gone through massive transformations over time. Those days are gone when medical care facilities meant sterile white walls and looked like corporate offices. Now the interior and exterior of the hospitals and healthcare facilities have eye-catching decorations with vibrant colors for improving the wellness of the patients.

Studies show that patient care has a strong correlation with the interior design of the medical care facilities. Forward-looking hospitals are now realizing that a patient in a relaxed mood is likely to get well faster than those are in stressed situations.  As a result, the present medical interiors are more aligned towards the comfort of the patient. Patients are now also very choosy about going to any medical care facilities, and that is why the exteriors and interiors of hospitals and healthcare facilities must be revamped to ensure improved outcome for the patients.

A hospital is a place where no one likes to go, if not under compulsion. These are different from restaurants or resorts that are full of fun. But, it does not mean that the medical care facilities cannot be made more comfortable for the patients. Hospitals are meant to rest and recover, and that is why we must think about the hospitals and the healthcare facilities in a different way from the perspective of the patient’s comfort and satisfaction. Here are some basic guidelines on how to enliven a medical care facility.

Create a nice entry zone

A well-planned entry zone is sure to make patients relaxed and at the same time convey the message how the hospital care for them. Having an open lobby helps to create a strong first impression. The entrance can also be adorned with a waterfall, greeneries, and soft background music to make the entrance warm and welcoming.

Active waiting room cheers up the patients

Waiting room or the reception area of a medical care center is the place where the patients form their first impression of the facility. The patients are generally critical about the waiting time and the ambiance of the waiting room. Their perception of the center has a significant influence on their health. Moreover, most of the patients miss their work as they come to a healthcare facility. Creating a user-friendly waiting room with free Wi-Fi will let them work while waiting and also helps to alleviate the stress. Providing iPads in the waiting room is also a good option as the patients can do a questionnaire so that the doctor also knows what to expect.

Make corridors short

Traditional designs of hospitals and healthcare facilities were based on long corridors. But, this gives detachment, seclusion, and monotony. Better follow a circular design by distributing the patients’ rooms around a central area for building a community feeling.

Let the natural light in

Natural light has great impacts on human mood and health. Better, have a large glass window to flood the indoor with natural light. This will also allow the patients to have an overview of the outdoor landscape and ultimately deliver a soothing experience. Studies show that patients who can view outdoor greeneries recover quicker than the patients who see another building.

Add textures

Make the indoor cheerful by adding some murals to transform a wall into a beautiful piece of art. This will bring the outdoors in and will help to improve the moods of the patients.

Control Noise

Noise is a major cause of disturbance in the medical care facilities. It could be very harmful to critical patients. The sound could be caused by ventilation systems, traffic, and operational practices. To reduce the noise level, it is better to cover the walls with acoustic panels.

Make the indoor colorful

Colors are known to have connections with mood and significantly influence the indoor environment of the medical care units. Studies indicate that while some colors like orange cause stimulation, colors like blue produce calmness. Psychological effects of colors should be considered for decorating the indoor. Using the right colors in the hospital indoor have positive contributions to making the patients more comfortable and relaxed.

Consider the cafeteria design

A hospital cafeteria is a vital place. It can tell a lot about the hospital and healthcare facilities and builds the patient’s perception of the facility. Designing the cafeteria to match with the surroundings is a great way to cheer up the place.

Don’t forget the little ones

Children are scared to go to the doctors. They often get bored waiting for examination. Create a play zone by including some kid’s chair and toys to keep them relaxed and cheerful.

Cheer up with faux plants

Including faux plants in the medical care facilities, allows bringing the outdoors in. The significant advantage of the faux plants is that they are professionally made like the mirror image of the natural plants and make a place refreshing. They infuse a nice green look to the hospital indoor with their lifelike presence. Contrary to the live plants that have a box load of maintenance demands, these require no caring. Being independent of seasonal effect, they continue to adorn the hospital interior with same glamour throughout the year. These need no sunlight and, therefore, can be placed anywhere you like. You can install them easily, and as these are portable, they can be interchanged between places.  These are fade and fire resistant and as such, will not get discolored and having self-extinguishing property, it is a safe option. Another great thing about the Silk plants is that these cause no allergy and also do not attract any insect making it ideal for hospital indoors.

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