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5 Considerations: Specifying Behavioral Healthcare Furniture

1 in 5 patients admitted to an acute psychiatric unit may commit an act of violence, and between 75% and 100% of nursing staff on acute psychiatric units have been assaulted by a patient at some stage in their careers. That’s an alarming number!  Fortunately, there are things a facility can do to minimize the risk to patients, staff, and visitors. Investing in furnishings specifically designed and manufactured for behavioral health facilities is one consideration.

Here are five things to consider when purchasing furnishings for your next Behavioral Health project:

Safety
This is the most important consideration when specifying furniture for behavioral health facilities.  Seating designed for safety will inhibit concealment, feature anti-ligature components, have no sharp points or edges, include tamper-resistant hardware, break-resistant glides, and floor-wall mount options.

Durability
Furniture can help combat self-destructive behavior; it should be movable, yet too heavy to throw. Tables and seating finishes should be specified to deter destruction that leads to objects that can inflict harm to themselves and others.  High-pressure laminate, solid surface, and polyurethane surfaces are application specific finish options and can be used where appropriate. Specifying healthcare-grade upholstery materials provides additional durability.

Aesthetics
It’s true – the behavioral health landscape has changed.  The principles of Concierge Healthcare Design are being applied to Behavioral Health Facilities to help ease the anxiety of patients, caregivers, and caretakers.  Furniture is specified with residential appeal, and materials should be specified for their symbolic meaning rather than for pure functionality. Avoid complex patterns, color stimulation, and reflective surfaces.

Infection Control
Healthcare-acquired infections are always a concern in any healthcare setting. Seating should be easy-to-clean with a 3-way clean sweep around seat cushions, contain no crevices that encourage concealment and provide textiles and finishes that withstand stringent cleaning agents.

Comfort
Furniture should be selected to help patients, and visitors feel at ease. Upholstered furniture provides the ultimate comfort for seating.  Multiple types of seating and sizes should also be specified to give patients and visitors the choice of finding furniture most comfortable for them.

Top Healthcare Design Links for November

Below are our most popular healthcare design posts for the month of November:

Facebook Live – Healthcare Design Sneak Peek
In advance of the Healthcare Design Expo + Conference, we gave Facebook viewers a sneak peek of some of our new healthcare furniture pieces currently in development including Jensen Wood Seating and the Carson Recliner.

5 Resources for Behavioral Health Designers
We’ve provided behavioral health designers with a list of resources to help them when designing intensive use spaces.

How to Effectively Use Color in Treatment Facilities
While experts say that there is no one-size-fits-all approach in using color in treatment center design, there are some general tips in this article for a do-no-harm approach.

5 Resources for Behavioral Health Designers

Behavioral Health design is a critical component of patient care that comes with its own set of challenges. Consideration must be given to the healing environment, populations served, current research and industry regulations. Below are some resources to help you get started on your next Behavioral Health design project:

Design for Mental and Behavioral Health

Design for Mental and Behavioral Health
By Mardelle McCuskey Shepley and Samira Pasha
This book summarizes design principles and design research for individuals who are intending to design new mental and behavioral health facilities and those wishing to evaluate the quality of their existing facilities. The authors discuss mental and behavioral health systems, design guidelines, design research and existing standards, and provide examples of best practices.

Design Guide for the Built Environment of Behavioral Health Facilities
The Facility Guidelines Institute – By James M. Hunt and David M. Sine
This design guide provides fundamental design requirements for behavioral health facilities and helps providers and design teams develop physical environments that support safe and effective behavioral health services. It also includes best practices for protecting patients and staff.

Common Mistakes in Designing Psychiatric Hospitals
The Facility Guidelines Institute – By James M. Hunt and David M. Sine
This document addresses patient and staff safety concerns when designing behavioral health facilities, the general layout for psychiatric units, as well as the varying levels of precautions. It also includes a risk assessment matrix to use in the planning process.

Design Research and Behavioral Health Facilities
The Center for Health Design – By Mardelle M. Shepley and Samira Pasha
This document is focused on linking research to behavioral health design and summarizes research findings from over 115 articles. Ultimately the document provides design considerations and best practices for behavioral health facilities, as suggested by research results and experts in the field.

Mental Health Facilities
Department of Veterans Affairs
This design guide provides technical architectural and engineering specifications, as well as emphasizing principles and strategies for building state-of-the-art, recovery-oriented environments for mental health settings in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Resilia Drum Table Receives GOLD Nightingale Award

This morning our Resilia Drum Table received the GOLD Nightingale Award in the furniture collections category.

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The Nightingale Awards honor new products that are exhibited at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference in November. Presented by Contract and Healthcare Design magazines in partnership with the Center for Health Design, the Nightingale Awards recognize contribution to the healthcare built environment through product design and innovation that contributes to healing.  Complete List of Winners

 

4 Behavioral Health Educational Sessions You’ll Want to Attend

Healthcare Design Expo + Conference

Healthcare Design Expo + Conference – November 2017

The Healthcare Design Expo + Conference taking place this November has an abundance of educational sessions, workshops, and tours for attendees to take advantage of.  This year the conference is offering four educational sessions discussing recent developments in behavioral health, and the various environments and design factors that foster effective care. Sunday is jam-packed with these informative sessions led by industry thought leaders:

Design for Mental and Behavioral Health
Sunday, November 12, 2017: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

his session will provide an overview of design research on mental and behavioral health facilities. The narrative includes a systematic review of the literature on design research; summarizes population research; and provides case studies for facilities including acute care, outpatient and emergency care, residential care, and the treatment of chemical dependency. The session is ideal for individuals who are intending to design new mental and behavioral health facilities and those wishing to evaluate the quality of their existing facilities. Presenters will also discuss mental and behavioral health models, design guidelines, design research, and existing standards, and provide examples of best practice.

Walk in their Footsteps: Research into Elders with Neurocognitive Disorders and their Environment
Sunday, November 12, 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Neurocognitive disorders often affect the elder population, resulting in memory and cognition issues with behaviors that can include wandering, aggression, or apathy. This session will present the results of a research study done using a customized iPad application that tracked the behavior, walking patterns, and repetitive motions of an elderly population with dementia. This template will specifically focus on the interaction between elements of the designed environment and the person’s resulting behavior. Attendees will explore how the designed environment can mitigate neurocognitive disorder symptoms. Take away this tool that can be used in pre-design and post-design phases.

Designing for Adolescents in Mental Health Crisis: A Story of Research, Innovation, and Hope
Sunday, November 12, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Adolescence can be a tumultuous time in one’s life. Mental health conditions often surface during this stage, and it may be the first time that some patients enter an inpatient behavioral health unit. How can design best support this patient population that is transitioning from childhood to adulthood? Learn how a design team utilized research, Lean processes, and innovation to solve the challenges of this unique patient population for the 27-bed Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit in Tacoma, Wash. Find out how design can support a seclusion- and restraint-free care model and how pushing beyond the conventions of behavioral healthcare design was achieved.

The Medical Behavioral Unit: Enhancing Patient Safety and Experience Through Design
Sunday, November 12, 2017: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

With no known precedent, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia pursued a vision to develop a new pediatric patient care unit: one that would meet the requirements and licensure of an acute care unit, but would provide a safe and supportive environment for patients with a comorbid developmental, behavioral, or psychiatric diagnosis. A multidisciplinary team worked together to envision, plan, and design an environment to support a new model of care for this unique population. Key elements of the project—a remodel of an existing unit—include patient, family, and staff health; circadian lighting; biophilic design; and safety.

Top Links for October

Below are our most popular social media posts for the month of October:

New Healthcare Furniture Designs for Pediatric Spaces
A “Junior” version of our popular Accent Chair, along with coordinating activity tables have officially launched this October in advance of the Healthcare Design Expo + Conference.  The Accent Junior has similar features and options as its parent design but resized with a child’s comfort in mind

Stance Healthcare’s Riviera Lounge Chair Nominated for Readers’ Choice
Our Riviera Lounge chair was nominated for Interior + Sources 2017 Readers’ Choice award for Best Product.  The general public was invited to vote on Interior + Sources website – fingers crossed we WIN!

3 Technology Features  to Improve Behavioral Health Design
As the treatment of mental illness and substance abuse disorders gains parity within the healthcare environment, new approaches are evolving to accommodate the particular needs of these patients. Facility design for these patients must balance the need to provide a healing environment with adequate security for patients, families, visitors, and staff.

Preparing for Healthcare Design Expo + Conference

Healthcare Design Expo + ConferenceTaking place in November, the Healthcare Design Expo + Conference highlights best practices, sustainable design trends, inspiration for planning and top healthcare design products. If you’re a healthcare architect, designer, facility manager or researcher – this is the place to be!

Below are a few tips to help you make the most of this industry event of the year:

Check the Weather
It’s Florida, and it’s sunny – don’t forget your flip-flops and sunscreen. Although the event is mainly indoors, there will be a Havana nights networking party held onsite Monday night on the beautiful outdoor lawn.

Decisions, Decisions
Decide in advance which educational sessions, workshops, and tours you want to attend. From Behavioral Health Practices to Transformation and Innovation, there is a broad range of topics and many different educational tracks to choose from. You won’t be able to attend them all, so decide what’s important to you ahead of time.  Also keep in mind that space for workshops and tours are limited, so decide early to ensure you receive a spot.

Prepare to Party
The Monday night networking party will help you unwind from an intense day of learning. To make the most of the evening, try to get a good night’s sleep on Sunday, or fit in a 15-minute catnap between educational sessions (I won’t tell).  It’s also important to stay hydrated!

Say Hello to Exhibitors
Don’t forget to visit all your favorite exhibitors, including Stance Healthcare at booth# 1623.  Stop by and say hello; we’ll want to show you all our newest products for healthcare including our Verity Sleeper and Accent Jr.

Have a fantastic time!

Biophilic Design in Behavioral Healthcare

Using nature to inspire calming and comforting spaces

Biophilic Design in BHBiophilic design is defined as the basic human inclination to affiliate with nature. At its core, it is simply the “love of nature:· The idea of biophilic design resonates with behavioral health as it combines therapeutic spaces with a sense of calm and comfort.

This type of design strategy does not only involve images of nature as decoration to create a sense of safety and well-being for behavioral health patients but also helps them on a deeper level by incorporating the cycles, patterns and spatial qualities of nature. Careful consideration must be given to avoid literal representations of imagery that may trigger an undesirable response.

Biophilic design includes a natural or artificial lighting system that changes throughout the day, reflective of a human’s circadian rhythm. It also includes artwork of nature, patient rooms that overlook green space or gardens, and public spaces that are comfortable and provide an unobstructed view of nature when seated.

Sounds and textures can also be incorporated into the overall design. Sounds that are reminiscent of being outdoors can provide patients with comfort, familiarity and possible improvements in mental health. Choosing biomorphic patterns, as well as natural textures and finishes for furniture can also help create a sense of comfort.

Stance Healthcare offers multiple collections of coordinating patient room and public space furniture that encourage a sense of well-being by using nature as an inspiration.These heavy-duty furniture products were developed in consultation with healthcare interior designers, behavioral health practitioners, facility managers and housekeeping staff. All of Stance Healthcare’s furniture for behavioral health applications can be specified in natural textures and finishes; adhering to the biophilic design philosophies that result in soothing and therapeutic spaces.

New Healthcare Furniture Designs For Pediatric Spaces

Ontario, Canada – Stance Healthcare recently announced they would begin designing children’s healthcare furniture for use in pediatric spaces. To launch this new initiative, a “Junior” version of their popular Accent Chair, along with coordinating activity tables, will officially be released early October in advance of the Healthcare Design Expo + Conference taking place in November.

“Our Accent seating collection is very popular in the healthcare industry due to its versatility, durable and cleanability. We were receiving requests for that same quality in a children’s seating collection, as there are not many options available currently” says President, Carl Kennedy. “We have since been able to take the design of our current Accent chair and create a healthcare-grade chair suitable for pediatric spaces. Having the Accent available in both a standard and junior version allows designers to create a cohesive environment suitable for both adults and children.”

The Accent Junior has similar features and options as its parent design, but resized with a child’s comfort in mind:

 Upholstered or wood back available with custom cutouts
 Versatile and stackable
 14-gauge steel frame powder-coated in a range of finishes
 Exceeds BIFMA Seating Durability test to 500 lbs
 Coordinating activity tables available in a variety of shapes and sizes

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To experience the NEW Accent Junior, visit Stance Healthcare (booth 1623) at Healthcare Design Expo + Conference from November 11-14 at The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Florida. For show information, please visit www.hcdexpo.com.

Top 3 Healthcare Design Links for September

Below are our most popular social media posts for the month of September:

Mountain Park Health Center Flips Marine and Boat Supply Store
The SmithGroupJJR team has transformed a former 30,000-square-foot boat dealership into a vibrant community health center that balances clinical efficiency with amenities that promote energy and wellness in an underserved community.

Cancer Survivors, Current Patients and Family Members Advise on Design
A patient advisory group of cancer survivors, current patients, and family members informed much of the design for the University of Wisconsin Cancer Center at ProHealth Care in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The healthcare center recently caught the attention of Healthcare Design Magazine’s 2017 Design Showcase Awards when it was given honorable mention for delivering on design in numerous ways.

8 Healthcare Design Lessons from Shadowing a Nurse
In this article, you’ll read about the Inconvenient meeting spaces, inadequate task seating, and frequent interruptions a healthcare designer observed during a nurses eight-hour shift.