NEW Kite Metal Folding Chair

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Kite Metal Folding Chair
Ontario, Canada – Stance Healthcare announced today the release of a new metal folding chair for the healthcare industry. The metal version of the Kite Folding Chair has a highly durable powdercoated frame and is ideal when space is at a premium.

The design is based on the existing kite folding chair which boasts a highly durable wood frame. Both the wood and metal versions of the Kite Metal Chair can be conveniently folded and stored on a wall bracket when not in use, making it ideal for patient rooms.

“It’s simple. The industry was asking for a metal version of our popular kite folding chair – so we delivered” says President, Carl Kennedy.  “We appreciate the feedback we receive from the industry and make it our mission to provide solutions for the challenges they face when designing for healthcare environments. In this instance it was a metal chair that could fold and be stored easily while meeting the rigorous criteria required for hospitals and medical clinics.”

The Kite Metal Folding Chair is available in 16” and 18” seat depths and offers an array of features and options:

  • Contoured back and waterfall seat design
  • Replaceable seat and back cushions
  • Optional protective wall bumper on back of chair
  • Chair depth when mounted to wall is 7.5”

To see the Kite Metal Folding Chair, visit stancehealthcare.com or visit Booth# 835 at Healthcare Design Expo + Conference from November 10 – 13 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona.  For show information visit www.hcdexpo.com.

 

5 Behavioral Health Educational Sessions You’ll Want to Attend at HCD 2018

HCDBanner400x400This year  Healthcare Design Expo + Conference is taking place in Arizona at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona. Seeing that we are a company located North of the border, we’re certainly looking forward to this event! You’ll find us at booth# 835 encouraging you to try the sit of our new Kite Metal Folding Chair and giving away adorable coloring books. Did you know coloring can reduce stress and anxiety levels?

While at the conference, you’ll also want to catch one of these 5 sessions focused on designing for Behavioral Health:

E01: Psychiatric Ward Design Can Reduce Aggressive Behavior
Sunday, November 11th, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

This presentation describes a design theory proposing that aggression in psychiatric facilities can be reduced by designing the physical environment with several evidence-grounded stress-reducing features. The theory was tested in a newer hospital in Sweden having wards with nearly all the features. Clinical data on aggressive behavior, compulsory injections, and physical restraints were compared with data from an older facility that had only one stress-reducing feature. Aggression levels were lowest in the newer facility, as evidenced by reductions in compulsory injections and physical restraints. The research suggests that designing better psychiatric buildings using reasoned theory, the best available evidence, and dialogue with informed clinical staff can reduce the major safety threat posed by aggressive behavior.

A12: Institute for Patient-Centered Design Educational Session – Behavioral Health Innovation
Sunday, November 11, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

This session will explore research and development of a behavioral health patient room, in which facility designers not only focused on the space, but they redesigned each component of the room to create a safer, more patient friendly solution.

I05: Safety for All: Keeping Patients and Staff Safe in Behavioral Health
Sunday, November 11, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Mental health awareness is on the rise and there is a is a marked increase in patients presenting at emergency departments who require treatment for mental health issues. This unique patient population has very specific needs and requires environments that are safe for both the patient and the staff. This roundtable will review two case studies of built behavioral health areas within the existing emergency department. Attendees will get an in-depth look at the materials, products, and systems developed to provide safe and durable environments and discuss the outcomes.

E89: A Holistic Approach to Behavioral Health Treatment Facilities
Tuesday, November 13, 2018: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

The Neuro-Diagnostic Institute and Advanced Treatment Center is Indiana’s first new state mental hospital since 1952. First of its kind, this facility will diagnosis and develop treatment plans for all ages with a wide range of brain-related illnesses. The facility, scheduled to begin serving patients in early 2019, will be a key component allowing Indiana to be equipped to diagnose and care for those who suffer from neurological and mental health disorders. The design utilizes the existing Community East infrastructure to form a new facility and a connector between the two buildings, with a variety of new systems and state-of-the-art equipment.

E109: A Joining of Hands: Holistically Caring for the Behavioral Health Patient
Tuesday, November 13, 2018: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

“Improved access for patients,” “hotel-like care environments,” and “modern treatment facilities” are buzz words we hear today in the healthcare design industry. Unfortunately, behavioral health-focused facilities are often excluded from this conversation. This regional hospital behavioral health expansion is having that conversation. The project not only seeks to create modern facilities, but will consolidate behavioral health services into one building, allowing staff collaboration and access to patients from crisis intervention to outpatient counseling. This presentation will highlight the design and collaboration process with clinicians as well as strategies for flexibility and growth for the future, implemented with design team assistance.

Haven’t signed up yet for the show? Register here!

10 Design Features to Minimize Aggression in Behavioral Health Facilities

vistaII_01Patients arriving at a behavioral health facility may already be stressed due to their medical state or the fact that they may be admitted involuntarily. Often stress can lead to aggression in this type of environment, making it difficult for staff to perform optimally. It is reported that 32.4% of patients admitted to behavioral health facilities engaged in aggressive behavior or violence.

The thought is that if the built environment had design features to minimize aggression, then there would be an increase in the safety and well-being of patients and staff.

An article titled Psychiatric ward design can reduce aggressive behavior that was recently included in the Journal of Environmental Psychology highlights 10 design features to minimize aggression in behavioral health environments:

Minimize Crowding

  1. Shared bedrooms cause higher crowding stress, reduced privacy, more aggression, increased illness complaints and social withdrawal. Therefore, single patient rooms with private bathrooms lessen the stress associated with crowded spaces.
  2. Communal areas with seating options and ample space to regulate relationships are important. Since personal space intrusions can trigger aggression, it’s vital for patients to have ample personal space with seating options. This allows them to monitor their interactions with others and can keep greater distances.
  3. Design for a low ratio of patients to the number of rooms available. This will help reduce crowding and allow patients the ability to move between different rooms comfortably – regulating relationships and avoiding stressors.

Reduce Noise, Increase Control

  1. Uncontrollable or random noise increases stress and can trigger aggression. Therefore, noise reducing design can lessen stress and improves communication between staff and patients. Design measures for reducing noise include walls and doors that block noise, as well as sound-absorbing environmental surfaces that diminish echoing.
  2. A patient can become stressed when exposed to environmental conditions that are out of their control. Therefore, patient rooms should be designed with a certain level of control. Design features may include ways a patient can personalize their room or have operable features such as lighting and windows.

Positive Distractions

  1. It is well documented that gardens accessible to patients can reduce stress and improve emotional well-being. Gardens designed with informal natural styles that include vegetation and flowers are more effective in reducing stress than structured or geometric gardens with prominent hardscape.
  2. Nature window views can also reduce stress and diminish anger. Although not as effective as physically being in a garden, it is still beneficial.
  3. When selecting accessories for behavioral health facilities, realistic nature art should be considered. It is more effective at reducing stress and aggression than abstract artwork.
  4. Patients exposure to daylight may have shorter stays and staff exposed to daylight report less stress, better health, and higher satisfaction.

Design for Observations

  1. Final design features to minimize aggression include communal spaces and bedroom doors observable from a central area to help staff anticipate and prevent aggressive behavior. Floor layouts with a central area for observation should be considered over corridor-dominated designs.

 

Specifying Heavy Duty Chairs for Healthcare Environments

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Healthcare environments are nonstop with 24/7 use. It’s also a place that must serve the entire population, including people who are overweight and people with behavioral and mental health conditions. Therefore, it’s important to provide seating in these spaces that can withstand heavy loads, constant use and potential abuse. Often referred to as heavy-duty chairs, this type of seating is considered high-quality and can resist damage due to it’s superior internal structure and durable exterior finishes.

Internal Construction of Heavy Duty Chairs

With the increased weight of the population, new test standards for seating are under consideration which will address 99.5% of male population in the US.  These proposed standards will be based on testing a chair to 600lbs. Meeting these heavy-duty chair requirements takes sophisticated engineering and strong internal components.

Most companies do not specify the thickness (gauge) of steel used in their seating products. Many are commonly made of 16-gauge tubing, however 14-gauge tubing is recommended and provides the superior strength required for heavy-duty chairs. It’s important to recognize that the lower the gauge, the thicker the steel.  More specifically, 16-gauge steel is .065” thick, and 14-gauge steel is .083” thick.  That’s a difference of .018” which might seem like a small number, but it translates to being 22% thicker! This is an important consideration when comparing competitive seating products.

High resilience foam is used in the manufacturing of heavy duty chairs. This foam is the highest grade of polyurethane foam weighing 3 lb. per cubic foot. This foam contours the back and seat of a person sitting in the chair exceptionally well.  The foams cell structure enables extreme elastic and optimal supporting force. It’s the elastic of high resilience foam that helps to prolong the comfort life of the chair and with regular use should last at least twelve years.

 Durable Exterior Design of Heavy Duty Chairs

With the trend towards residential appeal in healthcare environments, not only must heavy-duty chairs have a strong internal core, they must have an extremely durable and aesthitically pleasing exterior that withstands constant use and the harsh cleaning regiments of healthcare environements.

Chosen fabrics for healthcare seating should resist spills, stains, odors and microbial growth. This will keep heavy-duty chairs cleaner and looking great longer. CF Stinson’s vinyl, non-pvc and Crypton fabric repels and releases both water and oil based stains, has an integrated non-porous moisture barrier and protects against bacteria and odor causing microbes using silver ion technology.

Finishing options such as wood, solid surface and polyurethane arm caps protect the chair arms and makes them easier to clean, enhancing the overall longevity of heavy duty chairs.

If you’re looking at heavy-duty chairs for your next project, below are some of our favorites:

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Oasis Seating for Behavioral Health

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Onward Seating for Behavioral Health

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Vista II Seating for Behavioral Health

 

Stance Healthcare’s Big Bike Ride Raises Over $7,500

The unpredictable weather didn’t prevent the staff at Stance Healthcare from participating in the Heart and Strokes Big Bike fundraising event for the second year in a row.  Employees eagerly rode the Big Red Bike through the streets of Kitchener for about 20 minutes.  Surpassing last year’s fundraising dollars, staff raised over $3000, our suppliers donated over $1000, and Stance Healthcare generously matched the employees fundraising goal, for a combined fundraising total of over $7,500!

The funds raised help ensure that critical research in hospitals and universities across Canada can continue. It supports the vision of creating healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke.

Top 5 Highlights from NeoCon 2018

NeoCon, the most important contract furniture event of the year, is always an overwhelming experience – from long elevator lines and getting lost on the show floor to the overload of texture, color, and inspiration! Below are our Top 5 Highlights from NeoCon 2018:

  1.  2018 BEST LARGE BOOTH DESIGN

One of our top highlights from NeoCon 2018 had to be our show space. Interior Designer Suzanne Fawley created a space that could be remembered, an experience – a place where conversations take place. Before the show we were ecstatic to hear that Stance Healthcare had won the award for Best Large Booth Design from the IIDA and Contract Magazine. If you didn’t have a chance to see the space, you can visit it on Instagram, or view the 360 pictures on Facebook.

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  1. HiP AWARD HONOREE

Interior Design’s HiP Award recognizes innovative products at NeoCon. And although we didn’t win, one of the highlights from NeoCon 2018 was when our Carson Sleeper won “honoree” status in the health & wellness furniture category.  This sleeper has a small footprint and can be specified according to the space available.

  1. PRODUCTS CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT

Our manufacturer reps spent a lot of time perusing our space with clients and providing us with feedback on products currently in development. Below were some of their favorites:

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Attessa Curved – This modular lounge seating has a curved back and seat, providing a softer look to suit a wide range of spaces. Its modular components are built to serve high-traffic, public areas.

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Attessa “Pod” – This product was developed as we begin to see more application for private spaces in healthcare. This is the same product as our current Attessa, but with the added height of privacy panels.

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Carina Lounge – Another option in lounge seating, this collection has sleek geometric lines creating a more contemporary look. Bold, yet sophisticated.

  1. INDUSTRY FRIENDS

Of course, a list of highlights from NeoCon 2018 wouldn’t be complete without seeing old friends and meeting some new ones. As always, we enjoyed a visit with our fabric suppliers who gave us the inside scoop on what’s new in textiles. A virtual reality session from Kisp made me think more about where this industry is going concerning technology. The only bit of swag we were able to pick up came from a visit to Project Matrix where we received a wine tumbler (not that I’m complaining).  Lastly, thank you to our good friends from My Resource Library who were decked out in green and stopped by for a visit.

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  1. FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

Work hard, play hard…right? We started off the show on Sunday evening with a tame dinner but finished with good times at Howl at the Moon.  The three days that followed were mostly spent in the booth during the day but eating some classic Chicago food in the evening – deep dish pizza anyone?!

Those are the highlights from NeoCon 2018 – see you next year!

 

Behavioral Health Workshop Sponsored by Stance Healthcare

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On September 27th 2018, The Center for Healthcare Design is hosting a Behavioral Health Workshop titled Strategic Facility Design Innovations that Improve Treatment Outcomes, Safety and the Bottom Line. Stance Healthcare is proud to sponsor this interactive workshop that enables design professionals to employ physical design strategies and methodologies that support improved care for behavioral health. The workshop will feature industry thought leaders and real-world strategies that support behavioral health populations.

This type of learning opportunity aligns with Stance Healthcare’s vision of providing behavioral health patients with safe and comfortable healing environments. Stance Healthcare’s furnishings are designed to be aesthetically pleasing, yet able to withstand intense environments, and are easy-to-clean.  They have also been developed in consultation with healthcare interior designers, behavioral health practitioners, facility managers and housekeeping staff.

If you are intending to design new mental and behavioral health facilities, or wishing to evaluates the quality of your existing facility, you should attend this educational session. By registering for the workshop before July 31st, you’ll receive early bird pricing.  Registration details can be found on The Center for Healthcare Design’s website: https://www.healthdesign.org/events/121.

NeoCon 2018 – Spaces Healthcare Specifiers Won’t Want to Miss

This year NeoCon 2018 will be celebrating its 50th edition as the world’s leading platform and one of the most important events of the year for the healthcare design industry. NeoCon 2018 will take place at The Mart from Monday, June 11th to Wednesday, June 13th hosting over 500 leading companies.  With so many manufacturers and emerging companies in the categories of furniture, fabrics, flooring, and technology, it can be challenging to decide which ones to visit first! Below is our “don’t miss” guide to helping you navigate NeoCon 2018:

Stinson – 10-150

Stinson helps make healthcare seating come to life! This year at NeoCon 2018, Stinson will introduce their Habitat Collection which explores unique yearns and inviting patterns that connect with our comfort zones. Stinson Fabric

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Matrix – 7-3130

ProjectMatrix was founded in 1987 by dealer design professionals who wanted a better choice than the existing software available for space planning and specification. This year at NeoCon 2018 they will be unveiling their new look, demonstrating software updates and giving away some swag. Stance Healthcare is happy to be one of the manufacturer libraries available in ProjectMatrix.

MRL – 7-3130

If you haven’t heard of My Resource Library, you might be living under a rock. They are the premier digital library serving the contract market; and this year you will find them exhibiting with Project Matrix. Together they will be showing the new integration capabilities within MRL, Project Matrix and CET Designer.  Also, if you find a MRL team member during the show, you’ll be rewarded with a gift card to Starbucks!

 VividBoard – 1060

A GMIvividboard company, VividBoard specializes in whiteboards that can improve patient care, patient relationships with an overall staff satisfaction. This year they are excited to be in a brand-new showroom at The Mart. Stop by for a tour and see some of their new product introductions. Also, on Monday they will be hosting a cocktail party on June 11th from 2-5pm to celebrate their new space.

 

Stance Healthcare – 7-4050

Of course, we would love for you to stop by our new space! This year our booth size has doubled to include 850 square feet of high-quality products that meet the ever-evolving demands of the healthcare industry as it relates to infection control, safety, design, and comfort. Newly released products you can expect to see at the show include the Marna Seating Collection and Carson Sleeper. We will also be hosting cocktails on Monday, June 11th from 3 – 5 pm to celebrate our enhanced space.

Click here to read more about our new space

Enjoy the show!

Supporting Mental Health Awareness

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. May is known as Mental Health Awareness month, and we are working with NAMI to help “cure stigma”.

As a manufacturer of furniture for behavioral health environments, this cause is especially important to us.  When speaking with behavioral health professionals we often hear of the shame, fear and silence stigma can cause, often preventing people from seeking help and treatment.

This month, in partnership with NAMI, we are spreading the word about mental health awareness and helping to cure the stigma.  Partnerships such as these are a vital part of building the mental health movement. This year we’ve also donated $5000 to NAMI in an effort to help them educate individuals and educators, advocate for national public policy and lead public awareness activities such as Mental Health Awareness month and the #CureStigma campaign.

Stigma harms the 1 in 5 Americans affected by mental health conditions. It shames them into silence, and in some cases, even takes lives. We can #CureStigma with compassion, empathy and understanding. Take the quiz today to find out how you can #CureStigma.

The prevalence of mental health can be seen in the statistics below:

 

About NAMI

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

NAMI started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 and has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, they are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.