A facility’s windows should be more than another level of security. They should incorporate features that are part of the therapy, enhancing the patient's well-being.
Having a high number of mental health patients boarded in the emergency department has a dramatic effect on the throughput.
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.
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