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Efficient Design Creates an Attractive Workplace

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Long before “The Great Resignation” became part of our national lingo, healthcare organizations were struggling to attract and retain a high-quality workforce. According to a 2020 report from Nursing Solutions, Inc., the typical health facility saw a staggering turnover of nearly 90% of its staff between 2015 and 2019. There is no sign that this pace will slow anytime soon, which makes it essential for organizations to do all they can to make their workplaces employee-friendly.

In today’s environment, the design of your care settings becomes more than a patient wellness issue alone. Efficient, safe design also will make a difference for healthcare staff who can often feel overworked and underappreciated. At a time when employees routinely find themselves doing more in facilities with staff vacancies, a setting that isn’t meeting patient needs will just add to their tasks — and their frustration.

Our furniture for healing environments combines form and function in a way that maximizes safety for patients and employees. Safe design greatly reduces the risk of medical errors, one of the biggest drivers of workplace stress. Our pieces also can be configured to encourage patient interaction, which in turn can reduce the everyday burden on staff.

The vast majority of employee departures from healthcare organizations are voluntary, and workplace quality factors such as workload and scheduling are major contributors, according to the Nursing Solutions report. An efficient work environment can reduce feelings of burnout and will minimize the potential for mistakes that cause harm.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the healthcare industry will add around 2.4 million new jobs between 2019 and 2029. With the demand for talent continuing to exceed the supply for some time to come, organizations must do more to make themselves an attractive landing spot for an increasingly mobile healthcare workforce. Let us help you create a work setting that reflects the best of your organization.

 

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Residential Spaces Can Convey a Sense of Community

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Patients in recovery from illness value the feeling of belonging to a community with shared experiences. The importance of community has driven many recent trends in healthcare, including the emergence of peer support as an essential component of many health disciplines. We at Furniture Concepts have these same ideas in mind when designing living spaces that encourage patient interaction and limit isolation.

A growing body of research suggests the significant impact peers can have on patient wellness. Reviews of behavioral health studies have found that while clinical care and peer support have about the same effect on clinical outcomes, peers make a greater contribution when looking at measures of long-term recovery. Many treatment programs have responded by integrating peer support into their menu of services.

Patients welcome the opportunity to share their stories with people who have had similar lived experiences. This applies to their fellow patients as well as a program’s trained peer specialists. Your facility design should reinforce this desire to share, by supporting spaces that encourage group support.

Our Safe Harbor Collection humanizes the institutional setting and creates a home-like feel that eases patient anxiety. The durable products in the collection’s distinctive Cove, Regatta and Natura lines can be easily configured to encourage group interaction and to build a healing community in any facility.

“People really feel better when they know they are not alone and that other people understand and share their experiences,” psychotherapist Hilary Jacobs Hendel, author of the book It’s Not Always Depression, said in a Psychiatry Advisor article. Patients who feel part of a community gain strength from their engagement, learning from others as they exchange strategies for coping with the challenges of daily life. Let us partner with you to design environments of care where patients know they are valued and supported.

 

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