Amature Designer of the Month

A little while ago I got a personal message from a doctor.  She only knew me through someone else but wanted to reach out and tell me how excited she was about my podcast.  She was feeling disappointed with traditional medicine’s approach to the design of healthcare facilities and she said this…

“I find the environments in many healthcare facilities stifling, even after so-called remodels!  Many are stuck in a design rut, unfortunately, getting by on the cheap, letting the HR director or whoever is the amateur designer of the month make décor decisions…”

Touché!  I get it.

The approach to designing healthcare facilities has changed dramatically over the past 20 years.  Not to mention the last 40-80 years.  If you think about that timeline, that is an average lifetime of one human.  Consider too, that only a handful of decades have past when smoking was banned in hospitals.

We’ve come a long way since the 1970’s.  We’ve come a long way since 2000.  We still have more room to grow and continue to make positive changes.  It’s an exciting time to be part of the evidence-based design movement that is shaping the way we treat, care for, and heal in all kinds of environments.

Unfortunately, some healthcare environments “are stuck in a design rut,” and “getting by on the cheap,” as the doctor above stated.  Research continues to tell us things like:

  • Music has the ability to positively affect our mood, help us orient through a building, and recall memories
  • Chairs in waiting rooms the position people back to back create higher levels of anxiety and stress
  • Paint colors have the ability to influence socialization, appetite, and stress levels

This is not the time to have “the amateur designer of the month make décor decisions.”  I’ve just stated how important these seemingly small aspects of design are.  It’s not as easy as purchasing some new carpet, picking out a paint color, and hanging random artwork.

If a female you loved was undergoing chemotherapy and feared for the future, had pain, and reduced sense of self, would you want her sitting under harsh fluorescent lights, staring at a white wall with cheap, unintentional art or would you rather have her emerging herself in a supportive atmosphere of relaxing sounds, natural light, and healing artwork?

You, dear healer, your legacy is every person whose life you have touched.  Every person you have met, welcomed, cared for and equally whose influence was felt by you.

Can I help make things easier for you in the design of your healthcare environment?  Can I help create a person-centered, supportive, healing environment that your patients and staff will love you even more for?  Schedule a complimentary 30-minute phone call to find out.

Grace and Peace,

Rhea

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