Author: Marina Fletcher
The healthcare industry is constantly evolving, and waiting room design is no exception. That’s why periodically refreshing it with new furniture, fabrics, technology, and signage can help you make a positive first impression on visitors and increase overall patient satisfaction.
In addition to aesthetics, updating your waiting room can help improve comfort, integrate technology, create a more personalized experience, optimize your layout for functionality, incorporate art and nature, and promote wellness.
ODP Business Solutions® Workspace Interiors can help. Look to us to help you renew your waiting room space so it feels fresh, inviting, and suited for the modern patient experience.
Waiting rooms are being designed to provide a comfortable and calming environment. This includes comfortable seating arrangements, soft lighting, soothing colors, and even features like noise-canceling headphones or aromatherapy. Here are some additional tips to consider when furnishing your waiting room for comfort:
Other than furniture, what else can help make the waiting room experience more positive for patients and visitors? Technology. Digital advancements are being incorporated into waiting rooms across the nation to improve the patient experience. This includes tech-friendly furniture, interactive displays for educational content, charging stations for electronic devices, or even the use of telemedicine to provide virtual consultations while waiting, plus:
No two patients are the same, which is why many healthcare facilities are beginning to focus on personalizing the waiting room experience. This can be achieved through self-check-in kiosks, personalized notifications and messaging, and tailored amenities or services based on patient preferences or needs. Additional personalization tools include:
In addition to being optimized for comfort, waiting rooms can also be designed with efficiency in mind — bringing form and function together. This includes well-organized seating areas, designated spaces for specific activities such as children’s play areas, quiet zones for relaxation, or workstations for patients who need to stay productive. Additional ideas include:
The days of cold and sterile-looking waiting rooms are over — and for good reason: Incorporating artwork or elements of nature into waiting rooms can foster a more calming and positive atmosphere for everyone utilizing it. Decorative art, living green walls, and indoor plants are becoming popular choices to enhance the overall ambiance, as well as these elements:
Waiting rooms do more than provide a place for patients to sit before their appointments. They can also be used as spaces to promote wellness and health education. This can be done through the display of educational materials, wellness resources, or even incorporating exercise equipment or areas for stretching or mindfulness activities, plus the following:
The next time you walk through your waiting room, look at it with fresh eyes. Investing in an inviting waiting area helps patients feel valued and confident in the care they’ll receive. Even little changes like new throw pillows and fresh paint can brighten your space.
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