Healthcare interior design and its impact on patients

Healthcare interior design and its impact on patients

Designers transform the view of healthcare spaces into more sophisticated environments that can engage patients into a conscious process of inner healing and mental peace. The big idea is to create a more comfortable home-like feeling and a sense of hope & confidence among the patients and visitors by creating living room and home spaces in the medical / healthcare settings.

Concept of Healthcare interior designing:

Given the expanding healthcare industry, quality of patient care is being directly influenced by the quality of interiors in a healthcare setting. This scenario has paved way for the rising importance for healthcare interior design. For those who are not aware of this concept, healthcare interior design basically involves two aspects – understanding the “need for quality care in a medical environment” and the “business of healthcare”.

Considering the growing need for a restorative environment in medical establishments to spread positive energy among the patients, healthcare interior design industry has gained great significance over the past few years. A high level of innovation, coupled with a focus on patient care, has become a crucial part of designing hospital settings, especially in pediatric and adult care clinics. Moreover, interior design has become way more technical and complex than before, with a great need for a great knowledge of psychology.

Role of interior designers:

Healthcare interior designers believe in the concept of imbuing health-promoting qualities into healthcare facilities’ interiors through a highly holistic approach toward designing medical spaces into modern healing environments. The big idea is to create a more comfortable home-like feeling and a sense of hope & confidence among the patients and visitors by creating living room and home spaces in the medical / healthcare settings. This drastic transformation in the hospital interiors has proven to improve patient care and their healing capacities, and eventually treatment outcomes.

Designers transform the view of healthcare spaces into more sophisticated environments that can engage patients into a conscious process of inner healing and mental peace. Interior design includes using vibrant colors for the inner walls, and giving a more natural look to the rooms by designing more windows to help get natural sunlight, allocating space for interior gardens with a blend of innovation and skill.

Nevertheless, designers have been focusing on a more near-to-nature looks in every nook and corner of the medical spaces – be it lighting, flooring, colors or temperature, with an aim to enhance patients’ recovery experience. Moreover, designers try to achieve a physical setting that has the potential to be therapeutic while designing healthcare interiors that can radiate positive energy and reduce stress.

Healthcare environments are built responsibly to ensure that medical spaces are comfortable for both – staff and the patients. Connects patients to nature with views to the outdoors, interior gardens, aquariums, water elements among others has become an important aspect in hospital interior designing. Additional elements in use could be interactive art, fireplaces, music and inspiring video programmes.

Areas for social gathering such as seating arrangement and accommodation for family and friends, and in patient rooms, are said to enhance social support for the patients. Healthcare settings should provide an opportunity for relaxation and self-healing for patients, with the support from the family and friends. One major focus of hospital interior design remains to be providing a comfortable and homely environment for the patients so that they can heal faster; and by having a great experience in the space, they will return to the medical facility.

Sources: Wikipedia, Healthcare facilities today

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Mitra Pakdaman Silva

Mitra Pakdaman Silva

Mitra Pakdaman is the founder of LA Healthcare Design Inc., a Los Angeles-based interior design studio. Utilizing over ten years of in-field experience, she brings her elegant and innovative design concepts to the healthcare industry.
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