If you’ve been to a hospital lately, you may have noticed a significant amount of changes. Many of the 1970s feel, wallpaper styled hospital rooms have gotten (much needed) makeovers. Even the waiting room hospital furniture and beloved fish tanks once appreciated are now different. New hospitals around your area are sprouting up, and the hospital of your childhood has completely changed.
The truth is, one of the largest increases in the number of hospital buildings in US history is happening right now. Why all these changes, you ask? Two words: Baby Boomers. Research from the American Hospital Association predicts by 2030, the “over 65” population will nearly double, and 6 out of every 10 boomers will be battling some type of chronic condition.
Luckily, hospitals are already preparing. Many have redesigned interior details such as modernizing healthcare chairs in patient rooms and updating medical furniture to mesh with today’s technology. Getting down to specifics though, what big developments can we expect?
One popular trend you may have already observed is the use of nature based elements. Old magazine racks in lobbies have been replaced with trickling water fountains. Live plants sit by sunlit windowsills, and hospital room furniture colors are more earthy and energetic. Studies suggest that adding elements of nature to hospitals creates a “healing” effect, so expect healthcare furnishings styles like Dirtt Living Walls to be integrated within healthcare facilities in the future.
Another significant change focuses on creating a more user-driven design, or making hospitals feel more “at home.” Architects believe a less “institution-y” feel in hospitals can be achieved through creating barn door style doorways which creates a more welcoming feel, and simply by adding healthcare furniture that’s more comfortable. See some facilities OstermanCron has worked with who are already making these advancements in healthcare furnishings.
While hospitals are benefitting from these health-promoting ideas, what’s stopping you from doing the same? Incorporate sunlight and earthy elements into your home and office, and make sure your furniture is comfortable and cozy. If it’s not, we know exactly who to call!