Far from the cool, sterile environments of stereotypically designed households, today’s healthcare facilities are personalised and humanised—while still being healthful, safe and hygienic.
According to major research reports on the subject, the maintenance and aesthetic of a workplace are symbolic of the overall value that employees place on their work and workplace.
Nurses tend to favour working environments that have comfortable, acceptable noise and temperature levels, pleasing colours and smells, and plentiful natural light via sizable windows. Maintenance staff must be available at all times to maintain a clean and pleasant workplace, and nurses must be given their own spaces apart from patients.
The hospital must cater, not only to patients, but to staff as well. Breakrooms and dining halls should be comfortable and fun, and even can be constructed outdoors.
Dedicated office space should also be easily accessible, so that nurses can perform their documentation tasks in a quiet, private, personally decorated room.
In many cases, a biophilic design can create a soothing interior environment. This form of design supplies enhanced ventilation, acoustic comfort, better natural lighting, exterior natural views and the use of natural, sustainable building materials, patterns and colours.
This mode of design can aid both patient recovery and staff wellbeing; providing a more helpful, healing environment overall. The Royal Adelaide Hospital, with its landscaped courtyards, is seen as an example of biophilic design.
The design of healthcare centers should be equally appealing to both patients and staff—creating the healthiest and most holistic of environments.