April 2020

Imagery in behavioral and mental health facilities 

Imagery in behavioral and mental health facilities

Biophillia in Behavioral and mental health 

Evidence-based design studies support that the use of realistic and natural art can be beneficial in behavioral and mental health facilities. Access to nature and natural images can provide a positive distraction, which can have a therapeutic healing effect as well as reduce patient anxiety and agitation. 

Incorporating elements of nature into interior layouts is known as biophillia, the primary focus of biophillic design. Biophilic design involves creating spaces that help support comfort and promote wellness. In fact, nature-based imagery is considered a beneficial tool for use in designing spaces for behavioral health facilities. 

Careful use of imagery 

The correct and careful use of imagery cannot be understated. What may seem pleasant and peaceful to a staff member or caregiver could be alarming in the eyes of a resident. Experience has shown that close up imagery of natural settings works better in behavioral and mental health environments than scenic landscapes. For example, seeing a tree or a leaf rather than the whole forest, or a single flower versus a far off meadow. These images tend to provide the connection to nature while limiting the potential for harmful interpretation.  

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Posted: 4/9/2020 5:59:05 PM by Jesse Wade | with 0 comments

Temporary and modular healthcare design

Temporary and modular healthcare design

Over the years, healthcare has shifted towards a goal of expanding coverage to better care for the population around them. This shift has led to the increased popularity in temporary and modular models for facility design and function. 

What exactly are the benefits to these structures as compared to more traditional building standards? By its nature, modular design helps healthcare facilities standardize their spaces – making their functionality easily suited to the needs of their staff and patients. With very little deviation from model to model, hospitals cut their installation time in half with prefabricated rooms that allow for better cost management, less material waste and faster installation.

Temporary clinics are more or less the same, but with a more mobile approach to modular healthcare design. Where travel is limited but the resources are needed, temporary clinics are an invaluable resource to the communities they reach. These structures have to have a quick turnaround time for building and disassembling. 

In both cases, the ability to minimize waste and expedite build times are paramount to their success. Altro adhesive-free flooring and Altro wall coverings guarantee a quick installation without compromising on safety, durability or hygiene. With adhesive-free solutions, there is immediate benefit from use the same day as installation but the comfort of knowing your floors can be removed and reused easily. 

If your installation needs to be fully-encapsulated, or hygienically-sealed, we recommend pairing our adhesive-free floors with Altro Whiterock hygienic wall cladding system or Altro Whiterock Matte. If hygienic sealing is not essential, protect walls against abuse from high-traffic with the Altro Puraguard wall protection system – which helps provide a lower cost and overall faster installation.

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Posted: 4/24/2020 3:08:30 PM by Jesse Wade | with 0 comments