Adapting To Change
Health and healthcare play a vital role in our communities, from both a cultural and business perspective. Access, delivery, and where health happens continually change based on social and economic factors and the behaviors, expectations, and needs of a multigenerational population. While cost, safety, and patient experience are key considerations in the present, how the components of care – people, physical space, and virtual tools – are able to adapt is integral to future implications of disease prevention, wellness, and the overall success of the patient experience.
Healthcare environments require multi-purpose furniture solutions that support core patient care. You need products that meet the ergonomic and utilitarian demands of multiple shifts and types of users, from practitioners to patients. BE Furniture promotes efficiency, balance privacy with interaction, and supports easy access to technology. Everything you need, when and where you need it.
Privacy Is Comfort
positive healthcare experience starts in the admissions and reception areas. With the volume of patients seen annually, the right balance of efficient use of space and privacy must be a top hospital priority. In an industry built on confidentiality, the floormap of a hospital or clinic should plan for private patient experiences both visually and acoustically
TREND: PRIVACY WITH ACCESS TO NATURAL LIGHT
Access to natural light improves one’s mood and increases overall well-being, even in high-stress situations. Yesterday, the private spaces necessary for keeping patient information secure meant sacrificing natural light in favor of a fully-enclosed environment. Today, by leveraging a full-solution architectural wall offering with an open aesthetic, noise is kept out and patient privacy and comfort are kept safely within.
A Comfortable Place to Wait
When people are waiting in healthcare settings, more times than not, they’re emotionally or physically uncomfortable. Traditional waiting rooms are cold, hard, and unwelcoming, both visually and physically. Creating a comfortable space for waiting patients or family members is important for an overall positive experience in healthcare settings.
TREND: CONNECTED & COMFORTABLE
Today, waiting means scrolling through social media or checking emails to distract or pass time. Furniture that supports a range of postures and technology is certain to change the outlook people have on healthcare settings. Incorporating furniture pieces that can make users feel productive and comfortable will make wait times seem shorter and more enjoyable.
A New Era of Storage
On average, one of every 20 documents is lost.5 Similar findings have motivated not only the healthcare industry, but businesses in every sector, to move towards more paperless processes, and they are already beginning to see the benefits of change. But as storage needs shift, many are discovering that the solutions used to support the paper-heavy processes of the past don’t quite solve for the supplies people store today. Transitioning to digital storage provides greater information security and saves space, allowing for greater optimization of the floorplate. Smaller, more dynamic storage can support filing needs but also store personal items such as purses and jackets and the things people are actually keeping at their workstations.
TREND: SUPPORTING PERSONAL STORAGE
The best way to promote productivity comes from supporting function, and furniture supportive of daily tasks ensures business success. Task chairs and storage are just the beginning to functional furniture; height adjustability gives workers the option to be productive in the posture most comfortable to them.
Wellness of the Well-Worker
The day-to-day-work of hospital staff is generally stressful, intense, and can quite literally mean life or death. The growing demands placed on the internal population of the hospital have led to an exponential increase in physician burnout and staff presenteeism, which leads to less effective care for the population at large. “Burnout is assessed
by measuring the severity of symptoms in the domains of exhaustion, cynicism, and decreased sense of efficacy…. burnout can, however, improve with removal from or a change in the work environment.
TREND: A RISE IN RESPITE SPACES
Oftentimes, the clinicians’ lounge is the only place that allows for a private respite and a necessary mental break. Giving physicians a way to gather in small groups for semistructured, private discussions in restaurants, coffee shops or reserved rooms results in measurably lower burnout and social isolation, and higher well-being and job satisfaction. Creating a space that promotes wellness through varying postures, noise control, access to natural light, and biophilia (bringing nature indoors), among other things, is vital to supporting the wellness of those who support ours.