9 Ways to Include Furniture In Your Health Care Facility Plan

Health care facility planning projects, big and small, can benefit from careful consideration of furniture selection. Furniture care perform functions essential to the medical care process. It can defend against the spread of infection. Furniture design can bolster safety, and speed patient recovery. And furniture can also persuade patients and families to choose your health care facility when they need care.  

So, how do you start? Which furniture in particular has risen above commodity and established a reputation for adding value to the health care environment? Here are ways you can learn more.

4 Chairs Designed For Health Care

A warm and inviting patient room. Copyright (c) Herman Miller, Inc.

Read how these four chairs were designed to enable better health care.

  1. Herman Miller's Nala Patient Chair
  2. Herman Miller's Cente Patient Chair
  3. Vecna's Vitals Chair
  4. Ergocentric's Healthcentric IC+ 

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3 Surprising Ways That Furniture Enhances Medical Care

Recording blood pressure in the Vitals Chair. Copyright (c) Vecna

Here are three eye-popping ways the right furniture can prevent disease, improve health care efficiency, and slow the spread of health care acquired infection. 

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Should Height-Adjustable Desks Be Considered Medical Supplies Now?


A desk that is easy to raise and lower while you're at work, so that you can stand for several hours...how can that be a medical supply?

Well, 47 studies, as of this writing, have reported out results that show that sitting all day shortens life due to all cause mortality, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. If a height-adjustable desk can get you to stand up and lower your risk for all of those diseases, I may be ready to call it a medical supply. 

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Design Tips for Planning Your Senior Care Unit

A nurse can observe two private patient rooms simultaneously while processing care notes and other orders from this Caregiver Alcove designed into the floor plan of a Senior Care Unit. Furnished by Herman Miller's "Compass System". Copyright (c) Herman Miller

Senior Care Units have become more common because hospitals have begun to understand that the older population have different care requirements than younger populations.

Designing for a soothing experience is tricky, but it can be done. The real trick however, is to not go too far. For example, don't mask the hospital room so much that health care providers become inefficient in their work.

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Learn About the Detailed Seating Needs for Seniors in the Hospital

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Do you care for seniors in the hospital? How about in a long-term care facility, or even in assisted living? Seniors have specific needs when it comes to safely sitting. Find out what they are and what furniture has been designed to offer comfort. 

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Design Tips for the Exam - Consult - Office Hybrid

Hybrid exam - office - consult room. Copyright (c) Brian Carmody

Some health care facilities have combined three rooms into one. In fact, you could argue it's a return to the old days, when doctor's had offices in their homes.

The combined exam room, office, and consult room can serve all purposes in a single space. Here are some ideas and examples of how it's being done. 

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2 Ways Architects and Designers Can Improve Patient Care

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 Architects and designers can be considered part of the health care team in a broader sense. Sure, they may not lay hands on a patient, prescribe medication, or change a bandage, but they do design spaces that can make health care more effective and more efficient, if they deliver the proper advice and services, and ask the right questions.

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Turn Your Waiting Room into a Lean Showcase

Patients in doctor's waiting room
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Furniture selection and room layout skills can even turn a waiting room into a more patient-friendly and staff-friendly space. Learn how certain pieces can welcome, organize, inform, and speed delivery.

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Designing Health care Environments

Equipment rail with woodgrain laminate insert to hold paper towel dispenser. Copyright (c) Paladin Medical Products

Designing health care environments is a large topic. There are considerations and choices to be made concerning the ceiling, the lighting, the walls, the art work, the furniture materials, the furniture size and shape, and the furniture design. The architectural fixtures and the flooring can impact good care too. 

Here are more ideas to reflect on when planning your next project.

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