The idea of a space functioning to affect health has been around for thousands of years. The Chinese art of Feng Shui holds little scientific weight in today’s medical landscape, but it’s core principal is quickly evolving into a staple of patient centered care.
Strategic spaces are a developing trend within healthcare design. A national turn toward a holistic style of care, spurred in part by recent national healthcare reform, has seen the introduction of spaces designed for specific patient types. Treatment centers are beginning to consider the needs of individual patient groups and are outfitting rooms with the appropriate designs to meet those needs. Most commonly seen in maternity and birthing rooms, designs are quickly being implemented to accommodate victims of sexual assault, patients with emotional or behavior disorders and more.
Considerations for these spaces include flooring, lighting, furniture and wall color. Each of these factors is meticulously chosen to effectively benefit the patient. Additionally, the room is strategically placed within the care center, depending on the amount of supervision that the patient group requires.
Hospitals are not simply buildings where healing happens, they should play an active role in the healing process. The design of strategic, patient centered spaces will help hospitals do just that.
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