The condition of a healthcare facility speaks volumes to patients, their friends and family and to the staff providing service. The old adage is: You only get one chance to make a good first impression. Below are some quick tips to ensure that healthcare designers can make a first impression that lasts.
Define the First Impression from an Aesthetic Point of View
In the brainstorming phase, define what it is you want the design to achieve from an aesthetic point of view. For example, in a healthcare setting, an example of this definition could be quality, care, healing or cleanliness. From that, designers can use the definition as a benchmark for many of the design decisions.
Look at Each Room with First Time Eyes
When architects and designers are called in to redesign a facility, it is important that everyone responsible for how a new building looks takes a look through “first time eyes.” Try to image that you are walking in to each room for the first time. Let go of all the facts and feedback you’ve learned about the project. Try to see what the public will see. Adjust your design criteria as necessary.
Create a Criteria Sheet to Maintain Excellency
When the look is complete, design a criteria sheet that the nighttime workers can follow in case the room become disheveled. Map out where the furniture should be placed and create a checklist that includes details such as picking up newspapers and straightening lamp shades. Unkempt details such as these can ruin a first impression.