Designers must create therapeutic environments carefully tuned to the needs of children and adolescents.
Cognitive impairment can become a trigger for the patient’s symptoms, and of course, one of the goals of a psychiatric care setting is to avoid triggering those symptoms so the patient can begin to experience wellness.
We should design spaces based on solid, proven scientific principles so that we know the space will work for the patients it serves.
We do not have to sacrifice a therapeutic environment in the name of safety because a well-designed therapeutic environment is a safety feature.
If your facility design includes acoustical ceiling tile, aim for a ceiling height at least as high as a basketball hoop.
For those who aren't especially comfortable being in a crowd, consider arranging furniture in way that gives them some choices.
Before you install another compact fluorescent light bulb, consider that LED lights can be manufactured at any wavelength to produce more pleasing environments.
Be warned that the right setting for certain textures might not be a behavioral health facility, so make sure you know what you're doing.
The appearance of 'black holes' and spectrum sparkles on the floor can cause patients anxiety. Walk through your facility's flooring design with a keen eye for cognitive considerations.
Behavioral healthcare is more than just the right furniture and safety features, and as designers we need to look deeper.
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