The Importance of Functionality in Hospice Interior Design
Posted on August 9, 2017 by Cynthia Warner
The number of hospice care centers in the US has increased significantly in the past 10 years now offering more than 8,800 facilities. While many patients will prefer to take treatment from home, it’s important to provide a serene environment for others to spend during their final days with the help of hospice interior design.
Traditionally, hospice care centers were designed to be similar to that of a skilled nursing facility, focusing more on the clinical care and treatment of the patients. However, many hospice care centers have since redesigned their facilities, thereby breaking away from tradition to put the comfort of the resident and their families at the forefront. Their primary goal is to reduce the visibility of clinical treatment and focus on creating a comfortable setting for the resident and their families all while maintaining efficient day-to-day functionality for the staff members.
Here are a few ways hospice care centers are using interior design to balance comfort, design, and functionality.
Balancing Comfort & Design
One of the ways our team at Warner Design Associates helps create an effective homelike environment in hospice centers is by scaling the rooms to accommodate more people. With hospice centers, it’s not just one resident, it’s one resident plus their family members so it’s important to make them feel welcome. Large living rooms and dining rooms are meant to accommodate families and provide a space for them to interact with one another.
In the resident’s room, we recommend adding open seating for guests and shelves for personal belongings. This encourages their family to stay with them and gives them a space for their most valuable possessions. Providing furniture for overnight stays such as a pull-out beds, private bathrooms for extended visits, and small kitchen areas can also make longer stays easier on the family.
To ease uncomfortable symptoms, large windows that extend to the floor can help offer resident’s a new perspective, feel less confined, and improve breathing. Seeing the movement of air and one’s breath can be very satisfying for them.
Functionality for Staff Members
While the resident and their family are top of mind, we understand that it’s equally important to consider how the layout of the space can help staff members do their job more effectively. One way to increase response time is by reducing the walking distances for caregivers to reach the residents. We suggest making it easy for caregivers to find patients by creating an organized clinical space for them to work so they can provide the most effective treatment.
Overall, when it comes to designing a hospice care center, it’s important to understand how the design, layout, and furniture selections impact the resident, their family, and the staff members.
We help hospice care centers design a facility that accommodates all individuals while providing a space for effective care. If you have any questions regarding hospice interior design and improved functionality in hospice care centers, our team is happy to help.