Our top clicked-through links in April focused on designing for behavioral health environments.
Vista II Announces New Additions To The Family!
There was a lot of interest in our Vista II for Behavioral Health. It’s now available in 3 configurations and 2 widths for a total of 6 options to choose from! With this many options, it can be used in many different applications including common areas, dining rooms, patient rooms and group therapy environments.
Designs That Heal
This article identifies the trend towards non-institutional behavioral health spaces. It also includes a list of design features considered to be most important for patients and staff such as specifying damage-resistant and attractive furnishings, with a focus on using durable furniture that doesn’t look institutional.
Creating A Positive First Impression With Healthcare Lobbies
Traditional stark and noisy lobbies are out! More emphasis is being placed on creating warm healthcare lobbies with hospitality-like features. Some of these features include comfortable couches, educational kiosks, and soaring views that bathe visitors in natural daylight. The article also touches on the expanding role of lobbies and waiting areas to include cafés and retail spaces. Waiting rooms are no longer just for “waiting”.
Our top links in March were solely focused on Healthcare Design…
Case Study- St. Mary’s Medical Center
This case study looks at the remodeling of St. Mary’s Family Medicine Center, an NCQA certified patient centered medical home. In their latest transformation, St. Mary’s objective was to design three differentiated spaces while still providing a cohesive healing environment.
Bad Hospital Design is Making Us Sicker
It’s no secret that hospital acquired infections and falls are major issues for many hospitals due to poor design. This article looks at additional bad design features and highlights the need to change the way we build, maintain and work in hospitals in order to promote rest and healing.
Design Can Provide Comfort for Palliative, Hospice Care Patients and Families
Hospice’s aim to comfort a patient near the end of life, rather than focusing on a cure. This articles discusses how aesthetic design must help patients and family members cope with the situation, in addition to providing private places to talk with members of the care team.
In February, it was evident that people were interested in reading about trending topics. Our top social media links focused on design trends as well as an article discussing the continually trending topic of big data.
6 Behavioral Health Design Trends
The 6 behavioral health design trends discussed in this article not only help reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues, but also fully address the needs of patients’ physical and mental well-being. They include quick patient assessments, integrated care, telemedicine, inpatient beds, strengthened outpatient services and specialty programs.
We’re Finally Realizing the Promise of Big Data
Combining predictive and prescriptive analytics holds enormous potential for healthcare providers to improve efficiency and quality of care. This article states that by tracking historical trends, hospitals can predict disease outbreaks in their community and brace for an influx of patients.
Words To Live By
Carl Kennedy, President of Stance Healthcare, and reading enthusiast, published an article on LinkedIn last month highlighting his top 5 books for personal growth. In this article, you’ll find out why the book titled “Today Matters” is his all time favorite, and which book inspires him to “Just Do It!”.
Last month, Stance Healthcare participated in the #BellLetsTalk campaign (you can read more about our involvement here). Therefore, two of our most read articles in January weren’t related to healthcare design, but instead discussed behavioral health and mental illness. Check them out below:
Duchess Kate Perfectly Nails Why People Don’t Seek Mental Health Help
Kate explains the challenge that so many people have is not knowing how to take that first step of reaching out to another person for help. She also states that fear, or a sense of not wanting to burden another, means that people suffer in silence ― allowing the problem to grow larger and larger unchecked.
Top 5 Healthcare Design Ideas For 2017
One of the Top 5 Healthcare Design Ideas for 2017 includes facility upgrades to therapeutic environments that will balance regulatory concerns and safety. Securing furniture to walls and floors are one of the safety upgrades to be considered. Furniture specific for the behavioral healthcare environment include sled bases and bolt-to-floor brackets that will aid in safety for patients and caregivers.
Routine That Supports Good Mental Health
Routines make healthy choices easier and reduce stress. Routines that include some of these habits, can help support emotional health:
· A healthy breakfast
· Prioritize your to-do list
· Appreciate what’s good in your life
· Build and enjoy your relationships
Last month Stance Healthcare participated in Bell Let’s Talk Day 2017. If you’re not familiar with the campaign, each time a tweet was sent on January 25th using #BellLetsTalk, Bell donated 5 cents more to mental health initiatives. On January 25th, and for two weeks leading up to Bell Let’s Talk Day, @StanceHealth joined the conversation, raising awareness about behavioral health and mental illness on twitter. Our actions helped raise $6,585,250 for mental health in Canada.
Below are some of our key moments:
Hospital’s use of Copper Surfaces Helped it Reduce Health Care-Associated Infections
An interesting low cost study on how using copper (instead of plastic and wood) on high-touch surfaces within a hospital facility, can reduce hospital-acquired infections by up to 60 percent!
Color is Key Component in Room Design
Whether designing a space for your home, or a healthcare facility, color is always a key component. Colors that evoke a calming and relaxing atmosphere are ideal for healthcare spaces. In this article, you’ll read about psychology to color, and that every shade in the spectrum can create an emotional and even a physical response.
What is Behavioral Health Furniture
Of Course, we couldn’t forget to include the info sheet we created titled What is Behavioral Health Furniture. This info sheet explains that when purchasing furniture for an intensive environment, safety, durability and cleanability are all major factors to consider.
This week Stance released another product to its line of Behavioral Health furniture. The Valiant is a one-piece, rotationally-molded plastic lounge chair designed for intensive use environments. Its durability and ergonomics provide maximum strength, comfort and safety.
It features tamperproof fasteners, can hold up to 1500lbs, is stain-resistant and super-easy to clean! The Valiant also provides the option of stand-alone use, or it can be ganged together. For added safety and security, you can add weight to the chair, or bolt it in place. Available in black, blue gray, brown, green and slate blue, the Valiant would make a great addition to any healthcare facility!
This week, Stance released a collection of heavy-duty tables for behavioral health. The collection is informed by our ongoing work with end-users and designers in the BH category and includes a Multi-Purpose Table, Occasional Tables in two styles and a Drum Table. Choose from a range of standard wood, laminate and metal finishes.
Heavy-Duty Tables for Behavioral Health
Our Multi-Purpose Table has a 1″ thick top with a solid wood, bullnose edge. To increase safety, the optional trumpet or disc base is weighted.
The heavy-duty Occasional Tables are available in two styles which complement our Cassia and Legend seating lines. Both styles feature a thermoformed top with rounded edges and a sled base with bolt-to-floor option.
And the Drum Table is designed with a steel plinth base for durability and added weight to discourage mishandling.
The table is set with three heavy-duty options for use in the most demanding healthcare environments. CLICK HERE to visit the web page.
This week, we introduced bench seating to our Integrity line. Now, Stance offers matching benches in four seating lines, and the Integrity Bench is the latest addition.
Specify benches to increase the versatility and functionality of any space. Each collection of bench seating from Stance includes single, bariatric, 2-seat and 3-seat options. And the upholstery is field-replaceable to maintain a fresh and welcoming environment.
- Single, bariatric, 2-seat and 3-seat options
- Lifetime Limited Warranty
- Exceeds BIFMA Seating Durability Test to 500lbs. per bench
- Upholstery is field-replaceable
- Custom Frame Finishes
- CALTB 133 compliance
- Moisture barrier
Click here to visit the Integrity Bench page on our site.
With a narrow 22″ seat width and infinite recline mechanism, the Onward Patient Room Recliner is designed for increasingly smaller patient rooms.
Onward Patient Room Recliner
It combines the qualities of the traditional healthcare recliner with a typical high-back patient chair. So, it’s great for patients, residents and their guests.
- 22″ seat width, narrower than the traditional recliner
- Pneumatic cylinder powers infinite recline mechanism
- 14-guage steel inner frame for durability
- Recline lever ergonomically positioned for ease of operation
- Wide, contoured headrest
- Nylon-webbed metal seat frame for comfort and durability
- Seat and back upholstery is field-replaceable
- Pass-thru space between seat and back for ease of cleaning
Click here to learn more about the Onward Patient Room Recliner.