It is extremely important to consider the needs of mentally impaired individuals when designing psychiatric units. The ideal environment should provide patients with the safety and security they need to complete treatment efficiently.

By avoiding distracting patterns, color combinations and large chips you can help prevent visual misperceptions by patients, particularly those suffering from schizophrenia and dementia.
 
  • Utilize varying light reflectance values (LRV) as a means of identifying differences in height between areas.
  • Be sure your flooring has adequate slip resistance to protect patients from slip and fall accidents.
  • Choose soft, forgiving surfaces to reduce potential injuries in the event of a fall.
  • Ensure transitions between surfaces are seamless and color-matched. This prevents certain patients from becoming fixated on the material and picking at it.
Patient and nurse