As we delve deeper into futuristic practices in healthcare, making it more high tech and linking it with the most advanced technology, there is also a parallel movement in making it more humanized. It is after all about caring for individuals. Healthcare Architecture or designing spaces that are not only practical but nurturing and soothing has a great impact on patients and healthcare givers both in equal measure.
Healthcare spaces are designed for the wellbeing of its inhabitants. Now a new research discusses how these healthcare centers are not only essential to the well being of the patients but also the workforce that drives the care.
Earlier research has fore grounded the importance of hospital spaces designed for caregivers, “Aesthetics and maintenance of a workplace serve as a daily reminder of the value their employees place on their work.
In a recent article, Michaela Sheahan, senior design researcher at HASSELL commented: “The underestimated value of staff may be more significant than hospital management perceives. But this can be rectified with a renewed focus on the hospital as a workplace, as well as a place to treat patients.”
The article discusses, how each space depending on its usage, construction, element of light and openness can add to value in the employee’s work experience, rejuvenation and life. Comfortable meal areas as a respite for intensive hospital work, preferably outdoor are an excellent example. Outdoor dining areas for staff members can bring about a sense of enjoyment around mealtimes, creating a substantial distinction between work and break areas. Similarly, keeping ergonomics in mind while designing documentation tasks can take much pressure off.
Biophilic design principles are being increasingly used in interiors for healthcare centers and hospitals to provide a soothing and calming environment. By humanizing healthcare spaces through biophilia there is potential to empower patients, aid recovery, reduce stress and improve the emotional wellbeing of staff, in turn creating a more helpful, healing environment.